April 6, 2012
PROVO, Utah -
Freshman Trevor Megill was stellar once again on Friday at BYU, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing just two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out a career-high tying seven for the third time this year, guiding LMU (13-13, 4-1 WCC) to a 3-2 victory over the Cougars (13-12, 5-3 WCC). The righty threw 106 pitches en route to improving to 3-4 on the year and helping LMU to sole possession of first place in the conference.
Ryan Hawthorne tossed 1.1 innings of relief, allowing an inherited runner to score, before Bret Dahlson converted his fourth save in as many appearances with a scoreless ninth inning to collect his fifth save of the year.
Six different Lion hitters posted a hit, with Colton Plaia and Scott Harkin each notching a RBI-double. Harkin doubled-home a run in the seventh inning to collect his team-best 17th RBI. LMU walked eighth times and stranded 13 runners on Friday, but scored just enough to earn the win.
Left-hander Mark Anderson got the start for BYU, lasting just 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on one hit and four walks to fall to 4-2. Marc Oslund did his job in relief of Anderson, tossing 4.2 innings and allowing just one run while walking three and surrendering four hits to keep BYU close.
LMU struck first on Friday, plating a run in the second inning when Zac Fujimoto reached with a one-out walk and stole second and third base. With Alex Guthrie at the plate, Anderson uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Fujimoto to scamper home safely.
The lead stretched to 2-0 in the third when Shon Roe reached on a walk and moved to second on one of LMU's four sacrifice bunts. After stealing third, Roe came in to score when Plaia doubled to right centerfield.
BYU cut the deficit to one at 2-1 in the fourth when Alex Wolfe singled with two out and moved to second on a stolen base. Jaycob Brugman came up clutch on the ensuing play, lining a RBI-single into right field to plate BYU's first run.
Harkin's RBI-double in the seventh proved big as the Cougars answered for one of their own in the bottom of the inning, keeping the difference at one run. Cullen Mahoney came in to score on Harkin's double, while a Dillon Robinson single and stolen base set the table for a RBI-single from Stephen Wells.
With Dahlson on the hill in the ninth, BYU managed to put the game-winning run on at first base. Robinson reached with a one-out walk before a second walk in the inning put a pair on with one out. Dahlson got tough from there, striking out Wells on a 1-2 pitch before inducing a lazy fly ball to right field that ended the game and sealed the victory.
LMU and BYU will decide the three-game series tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT.
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