April 5, 2012
PROVO, Utah -
The LMU baseball team (12-13, 3-1 WCC) dropped a 7-2 decision at BYU (13-11, 5-2 WCC) on Thursday in the first game of a three-game WCC series being played at Larry H. Miller Field in Provo, Utah.
Junior right-hander Chris Capper dealt a complete game, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out six for BYU. With the victory, the right-hander improved to 2-4.
LMU freshman Colin Welmon went six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits while striking out five to fall to 4-2. The right-hander did now walk a batter over the six frames, stretching his consecutive innings streak without a walk to 35.2 innings. Aaron Griffin, Sean McIntyre and Kevin Glomb all appeared in relief, as McIntyre allowed two runs without getting an out, walking a pair and hitting one to load the bases in the eighth.
Zac Fujimoto, Shon Roe and Alex Guthrie each had singles, with Roe driving in the game's first run in the second inning. Roe plated Scott Harkin after Harkin reached with a hit-by-pitch and moved to second base on a wild pitch.
Adam Law paced the BYU offense out of the ninth spot, going 2-for-2 with three runs scored, a double, a triple and two RBI. The two extra-base hits were the first of the year for Law. Six of BYU's seven runs came with two out on Thursday night.
After LMU took the 1-0 lead in the second, BYU plated a run in the third to knot the tally at one. Kelton Caldwell doubled to left centerfield before an error on a sacrifice bunt put runners at the corners with nobody out. LMU erased the lead runner on a fielder's choice for the first out, but Tanner Chauncey doubled into centerfield to drive in the run.
BYU took a lead it would not relinquish in the fourth, scoring twice more to run the tally to 3-1. Law connected on a two-out two-RBI triple to left centerfield that brought home Alex Wolfe and Caldwell who each singled earlier in the inning.
LMU got its leadoff man on base for the first time on the night in the sixth as Guthrie singled up the middle and moved to second on a passed ball. A walk to Lowenstein put runners at first and second before a sacrifice bunt from Fujimoto moved the runners up 90 feet. Cullen Mahoney traded an out for a run on the ensuing play, grounding a pitch to first base to plate Guthrie and cut the deficit to one at 3-2.
Unfortunately for LMU, BYU pushed a pair of runs across in both the seventh and eighth to blow the game open. Wells and Wolfe each had RBI-singles in the seventh, with Wolfe's RBI coming with two out. Wes Guenther did the damage in the eighth, belting a two-RBI double into right field with two out.
LMU and BYU will continue the three-game series tomorrow at 5 p.m. PT.