Lions Fall in WCC Heartbreaker
LMU strands 11 baserunners and drops game one at Portland 3-2.
April 8, 2004
Portland, Oreg. - Loyola Marymount baseball dropped the first game of a three-game West Coast Conference series 3-2 at the University of Portland Thursday afternoon. Senior Will Quaglieri threw a complete game, but could not get the run support he needed to outlast the Pilots.
Quaglieri retired 11 straight and 14 of 15 batters in the final four innings, but the LMU offense stranded 11 baserunners, including two in the top of the ninth inning. The Lions nearly matched the Pilots hit-for-hit, but could not connect with runners in scoring position in the conference heartbreaker.
After Portland scored one run on two hits in the first, LMU tied the game in the top of the second when junior Joe Frazee doubled down the right field line and designated hitter Anthony Santana singled to center to score him.
Then in the top of the sixth, sophomore Kyle Mura led off with a double to right center. Clint McGill advanced him to third on a ground out to first, and Jonathan Higashi's shot to second base scored Mura to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
The Lions were in position to tie the game in the ninth when sophomore James Cooper hit a two-out single to left. Mura followed, reaching first on a fielder's choice while Cooper advanced to second on an throwing error by Portland thirdbaseman Travis Vetters. But Portland right-handed pitcher Matthew Peters ended the Lions' comeback bid by striking out senior Clint McGill for the third out.
Portland had scored one run in both the second and third innings on three hits, but Quaglieri (3-4) held the Pilots scoreless through the final five innings. The right-handed pitcher prevented a multiple-hit outing from any Portland batter while striking out five. Quaglieri finished with his second complete game of the season in the tough-luck loss.
Peters also went the distance for the Pilots, moving his record to 2-5.
Mura ended the day 2-for-4 to lead the Lions at the plate.
The Lions and Pilots will conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 11:00 a.m. Fans can follow the action of Saturday's doubleheader on GameTracker at www.LMULions.com.