USF Tops LMU in Game Two, 4-1
The Lions managed just five hits and one run in the loss on Saturday.
April 5, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - LMU (16-14, 3-2) fell 4-1 on Saturday in game two of a three-game West Coast Conference series being played against USF (19-11, 4-1) in San Franciso, Calif. at USF's Benedetti Diamond.
The Lions managed just five hits, including two from sophomore Angelo Songco, before dropping the series to the Dons. Seniors Sean Dovel and Andy Preston, along with junior Brett Mendoza, collected one hit apiece.
Junior Mike Kenney lasted seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and five walks while striking out one batter before being saddled with his second loss of the season. Russell Lowell surrendered a hit to the only batter he faced in the game before senior Nate Keadle gave up a hit and struck out one batter in one inning of relief.
Tavo Hall paced the Dons offensively, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored, a RBI and two doubles. Ryan Lipkin also collected two hits, batting 2-for-4, while Joey Railey and Zach Kim contributed a double apiece.
Left-hander Matt Baugh was outstanding on the hill for USF, tossing eight innings and allowing one unearned run on four hits and one walk while striking out six batters. Mitchell Bialosky, who started the game at first base, recorded the final three outs in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
USF got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Kim walked before Hall's double drove him in on the ensuing play. Railey followed with a double of his own to drive in the second run of the frame, moving to third on a sacrifice bunt. Kyle Morgan took advantage of the runner at third and less than two out situation, lifting a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Railey.
The Dons made it 4-0 after four innings, plating a single run on two hits in the frame. Stephen Yarrow led things off with a walk before another sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Kim followed with a double to drive in the run and cap the frame on the ensuing play.
LMU managed to plate its only run of the game in the fifth, scoring an unearned run to push the score to 4-1. Michael Glomb struck out with one out, but reached on a wild pitch. Songco followed with a single to push Glomb to third, but the right fielder, Morgan, attempted to throw behind Songco at first. The throw bounced off Bialosky at first base and rolled toward the Lion dugout, allowing Glomb to trot home without a throw.
Neither team managed to post any more runs over the final four innings, leaving the tally at 4-1. The two teams will conclude their three-game conference series tomorrow at 1 p.m. Senior right-hander Andy Beal is slated to get the start for the Lions, and he will be opposed by freshman lefty Matt Lujan.