LMU Tops #1 Titans 13-6
Lions get road win over top-ranked Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night.
April 5, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - A seven-run fifth inning gave LMU baseball the 13-6 win over top-ranked Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night at Goodwin Field. The win marked the first time in the history of LMU athletics that any Lion program defeated a team currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
When the dust from the top of the fifth inning storm had cleared, the Lions (11-17, 4-4 WCC) had tallied seven runs on seven hits, four of which were for extra bases. The seven runs allowed were a season-high inning mark for the defending national champion Titans (20-8, 2-1 BWC).
LMU entered the fifth inning trailing 3-2, but junior Chris Pettit gave the Lions the 4-3 lead with a two-out triple that plated Joe Frazee from third. James Cooper put LMU up by two when his double down the left field line drove Pettit in for the second run of the inning.
With two outs in the same inning, Kyle Mura hung two more for the Lions with a double to right that scored Cooper and White. The two-out rally continued with A.J. LaMonda's single through the right side that brought Mura in from second. In his second plate appearance of the inning, Dovel doubled to right to score LaMonda. It was the sixth run scored with two outs for the Lions and gave LMU the 9-3 advantage.
LMU reliever Blake Feaser had plans of his own for the bottom of the fifth, striking out each batter he faced to retire the side.
Cal State Fullerton, who has hovered around the top of the national polls all season, was named Collegiate Baseball's top rank on Monday, making it the first time in LMU athletic history that the Lions have defeated a No. 1 team. Ninth-year Head Coach Frank Cruz surpassed his own previous mark, as he led the 1998 Lions to the 6-2 upset of then-No. 2 Stanford in the 1998 NCAA West Region in Palo Alto. Cruz and the Lions had also defeated then-No. 2 USC 9-1 during the 2001 season.
The Titans had tallied three runs on four hits in the first, but LMU starter Daniel Macias prevented further damage by striking out the side, stranding runners on second and third.
LMU got on the board in the top of the fourth when senior Jon Oller hit his third home run in as many games. The towering shot over the left field wall was the seventh leadoff home run of the season for the Lions. It also marked the 29th career home run for Oller, moving him into a tie for seventh all-time in the LMU record book with Kris Zacuto (1999-02).
The Lions cut the lead to one run later in the fourth on Mura's RBI groundout that scored Pettit.
Macias gave way to Feaser in the bottom of the fourth after four strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work, both season-highs for the sophomore left-hander.
LMU made it a new game in the fifth, tying the game when freshman Sean Dovel scored on a wild pitch by Titan reliever Jeff Soulages. Dovel had drawn the leadoff walk from Soulages, and advanced to third after an Eric Farris sacrifice bunt and a single by Frazee.
Pettit added a double to his Tuesday night resume in the sixth, driving in Oller to make it 10-3 LMU.
The Titans rallied back for two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Feaser gave way to Gabe Bueno, who stranded runners on first and third by striking out Sergio Pedroza to end the inning. Bueno held the Titans hitless for 2.1 innings and struck out two.
The Lions tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth on back-to-back doubles by Mura and LaMonda to make it 13-5.
Feaser earned the win and moved to 2-2 in his 16th appearance of the season that saw him work two innings without allowing an earned run. Freshmen Brad Meyers and Andy Beal shared the ninth inning duties, with Meyers striking out Brett Pill for the first out of the inning. In all, the Lions' pitching staff tallied ten strikeouts.
Soulages suffered the loss in his first decision of the season for the top-ranked Titans.
Five Lions registered a multiple-hit outing at the plate with each spot in the lineup recording a hit. Pettit led the offensive charge for the Lions with his 3-for-5, two RBI, two runs scored effort. The junior was just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle with a single, double, and triple on the night.
LMU tallied a season-low two strikeouts en route to out-hitting the Titans 15-12. Ten of LMU's 15 hits were extra base hits, including eight doubles, which equals the Lion record for doubles in a game set in 1998 and 2000.
The Lions will now look forward to an eight-game homestand, beginning this Friday when the University of Portland visits Page Stadium for a three-game West Coast Conference series. The WCC series marks the start of West Division play for the Lions, who sit in a tie with Saint Mary's in the Coast Division after playing each of the three other teams on their side. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Friday, with all of the action covered on the Lions' Audio Network and Gametracker, both at www.LMULions.com.