Bryant Triple in Ninth Hands #23 San Diego 4-2 Victory
San Diego's Kris Bryant tripled into the left-centerfield gap to break a 2-2 tie in the ninth.
April 6, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 23 San Diego's (19-11, 5-3 WCC) Kris Bryant broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the of the ninth inning on Saturday with a two-out two-RBI triple into the left-centerfield gap to hand the Toreros a 4-2 victory over the Lions (15-15, 6-5 WCC) in game two of a three-game West Coast Conference series being played at LMU's Page Stadium.
Bryant, whose triple was his lone hit of the game and second of the series, finished 1-for-5. AJ Robinson went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a triple. Logan Davis also tripled as the Toreros managed three on Saturday.
Junior Tommy Cheek finished 3-for-5 with a run scored for LMU, while seniors Cullen Mahoney and Zac Fujimoto each collected a pair of hits. LMU out-hit the Toreros by a count of 11-8, but stranded 13 runners on base in the loss. Sophomore Sean Buckle took the loss after tossing 1.1 innings and allowing two runs on two hits and a walk, falling to 0-1 with the decision. Junior Carlos Fuentes was impressive in long relief for LMU, tossing four scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out two. Sophomore Trevor Megill left his start early after tossing the first three scoreless frames and allowing just two hits and striking out three.
Left-hander Max Homick earned the victory and improved to 4-0 after dealing the final three scoreless innings of relief. Three San Diego relievers combined for 5.2 scoreless innings of relief to keep the Lions off the board late.
San Diego plated its first runs of the series in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead, scoring on a safety squeeze from Robinson and a RBI-triple from Davis. Junior Bret Dahlson took over for Megill to start the inning and ran into trouble, allowing one-out singles to Connor Joe and Andrew Daniel to put runners at the corners. Robinson followed with the squeeze bunt before Davis split the gap in right-centerfield to bring home the final run. The Toreros eventually loaded the bases in the inning, but Fuentes limited the damage and got out of the frame.
The Lions punched right back in the home-half of the fourth to even the tally at two runs apiece, loading the bases on singles from Cheek, Fujimoto and Chris Barnett. David Edwards brought in the first run of the inning by reaching on an error on a chopper to second base before a RBI-groundout from Matt Lowenstein brought the Lions back to even.
After trading zeroes over the next four frames, the Toreros finally broke the 2-2 stalemate in the top of the ninth as the All-American Bryant laced a two-RBI two-out triple into the left centerfield gap to hand USD the victory. The two-run hit pushed Chris Woolley and Lucas Hagberg into score.
The Lions and Toreros will return to action tomorrow to decide the three-game series at 2 p.m.