Lions Pound USD 9-2
LMU hits three homeruns as Justin Abreu allowed just one earned run.
March 30, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount's Justin Abreu allowed just one earned run in seven innings of work to up his record to a team-best 5-1, during the Lions' 9-2 victory over San Diego, Sunday afternoon at Page Stadium. The win upped LMU's record to 17-12 overall, 5-4 in the West Coast Conference, while the Toreros fell to 16-18, 8-4 in the loop.
The Lions hit three homeruns in support of Abreu, who struckout five and walked just one. LMU's Jonathan Oller hit a pair of homeruns, to up his season total to nine, while Lion designated hitter Joshua Whitesell hit his sixth of the year and second of the series.
After squandering a bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom of the first, the Lions capitalized in the second. With LMU freshman James Cooper leading of the frame with a triple and Chris Pettit reaching base after being hit by a pitch, the Lions took a 1-0 lead when Cooper was awarded home on a Brett Gillespie balk.
Lion sophomore Joe Frazee followed with a double down the rightfield line to score Pettit, chasing Gillespie from the game. Torero freshman Justin Blaine replaced Gillespie and allowed LMU's Jonathan Higashi and Whitesell to reach base, once again loading the bases. But Lion second baseman Sean Smith grounded out to end the inning.
The Toreros scored a run in the top of the third inning and added another in the sixth as USD's Joey Prast hit a solo homerun to lead off the frame. Prast was 3-for-4 on the day with a run and two RBI.
The first four Lions reached base to lead off the fourth inning, driving in two more runs and forcing USD to its third pitcher of the day. Torero relief pitcher Sean Warlop retired the next three Lions to minimize the damage.
Gillespie was charged with the loss, lasting just 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits.
The Lions will return to action when they travel to Long Beach State, Tuesday evening. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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