Lions Falter Early in 9-3 Setback
LMU surrendered eight runs over the first two innings and could not climb out of the early hole.
April 5, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (17-14, 7-4 WCC) faltered early in game two of a three-game series with San Francisco (15-14, 5-6 WCC) on Saturday at Page Stadium, surrendering eight runs over the first two frames, before eventually dropping the contest by a score of 9-3. With the victory, USF took the series over LMU.
Senior Patrick McGrath had a rough outing, allowing eight runs (six earned) on nine hits over 1.2 innings of work. With the loss, McGrath fell to 4-1 on the year. The Lions committed four errors in the loss. LMU's bullpen kept the Lions in the game, tossing 7.1 innings and allowing just one run on five hits. Freshman Tim Peabody was especially impressive, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings and allowing just one walk while striking out two as the first reliever used.
Left-hander Christian Cecilio got the start and earned the victory for USF, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out a pair. The victory moved Cecilio to 4-4 on the season.
Zack Turner and Bob Cruikshank each contributed three RBI for USF, with Turner going 2-for-5 with a run scored, a triple and the three driven in. The Dons collected six extra-base hits in the victory. Bradley Zimmer, the WCC's top hitter, finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and a triple that led off the top of the first inning and set the tone for the early explosion.
USF put five runs on the board by way of five hits and an error in the first inning. Derek Atkinson had an RBI-single to bring home Zimmer and the first run before a bases-loaded two-RBI double from Cruikshank made it 4-0. Michael Eaton came up with an RBI-double of his own out of the ninth spot in the order as USF sent 10 players to the plate in the first.
After Tanner Donnels, who went 2-for-4 on the night, drove in a two-out run for LMU in the bottom of the first, USF managed three more runs on four this in the top of the second. Turner had the big hit in the second, belting a triple into left centerfield to chase home a pair of runners.
The Lions scratched runs across in the third and seventh, including an RBI-double from LMU's leading RBI-man Tommy Cheek in the third and an RBI-single from David Fletcher in the seventh, but the deficit proved too much on Saturday. Both teams had missed opportunities in the game, as LMU stranded nine runners to 14 for USF.
LMU will look to salvage the series and avoid a sweep with a victory on Sunday in the finale. First pitch is slated for 1 pm.