Lions Split Doubleheader, Fall 2-1 in Series Finale to #21 Gonzaga
LMU earned a series victory over the Bulldogs this weekend.
March 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (13-14, 5-4 WCC) earned a series victory over #21 Gonzaga (16-10, 5-4 WCC) by way of a 9-2 victory in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday, but could not complete the sweep, falling 2-1 in the series finale from Page Stadium.
Junior right-hander Arturo Reyes dealt a complete game in game two of the doubleheader for Gonzaga, allowing just one run on nine hits and a walk while striking out three. Reyes, who tossed 113 pitches, improved to 3-1 on the year.
Caleb Wood had the big hit for Gonzaga, driving in a pair with a two-out triple in the seventh inning to hand Gonzaga the lead.
Junior Trevor Megill tossed the first 6.1 innings for LMU, allowing two unearned runs on six hits en route to being tagged with the loss and dropping to 3-3. Sean Buckle and Carlos Fuentes appeared in relief for LMU, with each pitcher tossing 1.1 innings and allowing a hit.
As it did in each game of the three-game series, LMU scored once in the first inning to draw first blood. Lowenstein led off the home-half of the first with a double down the left field line. After a sacrifice bunt from Cullen Mahoney, Lowenstein came into score on a single through the left side from senior catcher Colton Plaia. LMU managed to load the bases with two out in the opening frame, but Reyes limited the damage and escaped the inning.
Megill found himself in a bit of trouble in the second and third innings, allowing a pair of runners to reach, but the right-hander stranded them both in both frames to hang on to the 1-0 cushion through three.
After both pitchers coasted through the middle innings, an error proved costly in the seventh as a one-out errant throw from David Edwards allowed Cabe Reiten to reach first base and get a rally started. Alex Bonczyk followed with a single to shortstop to push runners to first and second before LMU elected to make a call to the bullpen and summon Buckle. The left-hander induced a ground ball to second base, but LMU could not turn the double play on the dribbler, leaving runners at first and third with two out. Working the count full in the next at bat, Wood got a fastball and deposited it into the left centerfield gap for a two-RBI triple to hand Gonzaga the 2-1 lead it would not relinquish.
Lowenstein collected a two-out single in the ninth inning to put the tying run aboard, but Mahoney flew out on the first pitch he saw in the next at bat as Reyes completed the game and sealed the victory.
LMU will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Cal State Northridge for a midweek non-conference game at 3 p.m.