April 5, 2002
Los Angeles, CA (March 23) -- For the second straight Friday, the Loyola Marymount University baseball team fell 12-2 in a West Coast Conference match-up, this time to Saint Mary's at Louis Gusto Field. The Lions fell to San Diego 12-2 last Friday but came back to take two of three from the highly-ranked Toreros.
Saint Mary's (10-15, 3-4) knocked out 16 hits against the Lions, nine coming against starter Kyle Huddy, who drops his second straight decision to fall to 3-3 on the year. The Lions (13-18, 6-3) would manage just eight hits and were held in check by Saint Mary's starter Mike Byer, who went eight innings, allowing six hits, two runs and striking out five to improve to 4-4 on the year.
Both starters cruised through the first two innings as the game was scoreless through two and a half innings. It was the second shortest game of the season for the Lions at 2:35.
However, Huddy ran into trouble in the bottom of the third inning, allowing four runs on four hits. After back-to-back doubles to start the inning by Mike Harris and Brett Wayne, hot-hitting Jason Waugh would score them both on his 10th home run of the season. With two outs Tim Spooner would hit his fifth home run of the season to make the score 4-0.
Saint Mary's would get another four runs in the bottom of the fourth, this time victimizing Huddy for five hits. Three consecutive hits with one out by Mike Sansoe, Harris and Wayne would score a run and put two more on for Mark Teahen's single to score Harris to make the lead 6-0. Brian Houle then hit a two-out double to make the lead 8-0.
LMU would cut the lead to 8-1 in the top of the sixth inning when junior Joe Silva, who started the inning with a single, scored on freshman Sean Smith's sacrifice fly.
The Gaels would add a pair of runs on reliever Randy Waite in the bottom of the sixth, including a triple by Teahen. The designated hitter Teahen finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle as he finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI.
LMU would get another run in the top of the seventh when senior Tommy Perez
hit his sixth home run of the season to start the inning. It was his 36th career home run, moving him into a tie for second all-time at LMU with Scott Walter (1998-00) and Miah Bradbury (1987-90).
Saint Mary's would add another pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth for the final margin. Harris and Wayne combined to hit 6-for-7 in the game from the eighth and ninth spot in the line-up.
Lions's designated hitter Carl Stoeber was the only player with multiple hits, finishing the day 2-for-4. Freshman Joe Frazee extended his hitting streak to 14 with a 1-for-3 outing.
Both team will play game two of the three-game set Saturday at 1 p.m.