Lions Come Back for Series Victory, Dahlson Matches Career Saves Mark
LMU trailed 5-1 headed to the fifth, but scored three in the fifth and three more in the seventh to claim a series victory over Gonzaga.
March 30, 2014
SPOKANE, Wash. - The LMU baseball team (17-11, 7-2 WCC) trailed 5-1 headed to the fifth inning, but scored three runs in the fifth and three more in the seventh to complete a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over Gonzaga (10-16, 6-3 WCC) to claim a series victory on the road at the Patterson Baseball Complex on Sunday. Senior Bret Dahlson recorded his second save in as many days, running his career total to 22 to match Darryl Scott (1987-90) for the LMU career record.
The Lions managed to put the leadoff man aboard in eight of the nine innings on Sunday, scoring once in the first, three in the fifth and three in the seventh. Freshman Austin Miller went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot.
Miller's speed got the Lions on the board in the first inning as he singled to left field and stole second base. The enterfielder moved to third on a wild pitch before coming around to score on a ground out from David Fletcher.
Gonzaga responded for three in the bottom of the first as Jimmy Sinatro and Nicholas Minteer posted RBI-singles in front of an RBI-double from Sam Brown.
The Bulldogs added single runs in the third and fourth to run the lead to 5-1 before LMU exploded for three runs in the fifth. Tyler Cohen and Austin Miller led things off with singles before Fletcher reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases. A balk pushed the first run across, setting the table for a pair of sacrifice flies to cut the deficit to one at 5-4.
The Lions completed the comeback in the seventh inning, scoring three times to take the 7-5 lead. Cohen once again led off with a single before moving to second when Miller reached on a second error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Fletcher followed with a sacrifice bunt, his third of the game, pushing runners to second and third with one down. LMU stole a run one hitter later as Cheek hit a comebacker to the mound where Cohen was caught in a rundown between third and home. As he stayed in the rundown, Miller took third and it seemed as though both players were going to occupy the base. Instead, once the catcher Sinatro ran Cohen back to third, Miller moved back toward second base, where he was engaged in a rundown that allowed Cohen to scamper home with the tying run. Sinatro thought that Cohen had already been put out on the play when he tagged him at third base, but with Miller no longer occupying the bag, Cohen was safe and thus still involved in the play. After Gonzaga elected to intentionally walk Tanner Donnels to reload the bases, Edwards collected his second sacrifice fly of the game. Senior Kevin Garcia capped the scoring run later in the inning, shooting a single into left field to bring home Cheek.
LMU will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts UCLA at 6 pm.