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Welmon Shuts Down #23 San Diego, Lions Post 4-0 Shutout Victory

Colin Welmon tossed eight shutout innings and struck out a career-high tying nine hitters.

Colin Welmon tossed eight shutout innings and struck out a career-high tying nine hitters.

April 5, 2013

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sophomore Colin Welmon shut down the #23 San Diego Toreros (18-11, 4-3 WCC) on Friday, tossing eight shutout frames and striking out a career-high tying nine hitters to help LMU (15-14, 6-4 WCC) to a 4-0 shutout victory to open a three-game West Coast Conference series at LMU's Page Stadium.

Welmon, a native of Tustin, Calif., now carries a 1.11 ERA and a 5-1 record on the year. The shutout was LMU's fourth of the year, and the third that Welmon was a part of after tossing a complete game shutout against Hawai'i and combining on a shutout at Pepperdine. The right-hander scattered six Torero hits and walked just one while tossing 109 pitches. The nine strikeouts matched his career mark set at then-No. 14 Oregon on February 22 of this season.

Senior Joey Boney was one of four Lion hitters to post two hits in the victory, as Boney also drove in a pair out of the ninth spot in the order. Tanner Donnels and Chris Barnett each collected a double, with Donnels finishing a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored, two walks and a RBI.

Junior right-hander Michael Wagner got the start for San Diego and took the loss, lasting six innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out four. With the decision, Wagner fell to 1-3 on the year.

No Torero finished with multiple hits on Friday, with the lone extra-base hit belonging to Austin Green.

LMU got on the board first in the second inning, scoring once and benefitting from a costly error charged to shortstop Chris Woolley. Donnels led things off with a four-pitch walk before a bunt single and the error loaded the bases with one out. David Edwards contributed the RBI on the ensuing play, dribbling a ground ball to second base to bring home the run.

Donnels came up clutch in the third for LMU, posting a two-out RBI-single through the right side to plate Cullen Mahoney and the second Lion run of the game. Mahoney won a nine-pitch at bat with a single with one out earlier in the inning before moving to second on a wild pitch and setting the table for the clutch RBI-single from Donnels.

The Lions extended the lead to 4-0 by scoring a pair of runs with two out in the fourth inning. Barnett recorded a two-out double to get the ball rolling before an Edwards hit-by-pitch and a wild pitch put runners at second and third. After working the count full, Boney delivered a clutch two-out two-RBI single back up the middle to bring home Edwards and Barnett.

Leading 4-0 headed into the top of the ninth, LMU elected to summon junior Carlos Fuentes from the bullpen. The right-hander needed just six pitches to retire the side in order, including posting one strikeout.

LMU will look to record a series victory over #23 San Diego tomorrow at 2 p.m.

 

 

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