Toreros Run Away with Series Win

April 8, 2018

Box Score

San Diego (15-17, 6-6 WCC) tagged LMU with 18 runs on 14 hits en route to running away with a series win over the Lions (14-17, 7-5 WCC) by way of an 18-6 victory on Sunday from Fowler Park.

OFFENSIVE LION OF THE GAME: Senior Jamey Smart went 2-for-4 with a run scored, his first homer of the year, and three RBI in the losing effort. Smart launched a two-run home run to highlight a three-run fifth for the Lions.

ANOTHER ROUGH START ON THE MOUND: One day after sophomore Josh Agnew allowed eight runs on 12 hits over 2.2 innings of work, freshman starter Nick Frasso lasted just 2.0 innings, surrendering four runs on four hits and three walks. Fellow freshman Matt Voelker followed, allowing seven runs (four earned) on six hits over the next 2.1 innings as San Diego led 9-2 headed into the fifth. Frasso was ultimately charged with the loss, falling to 3-4 on the year.

NINE-RUN FIFTH INNING: After LMU scored three runs in the fifth inning, San Diego answered with nine runs of their own in the home half, highlighted by a grand slam from Jeff Houghtby. Houghtby’s grand slam was his second homer of the year and came as part of a 2-for-5 day that included six RBI. That nine-run fifth also featured four hit batters and one walk, with two of the hit batters forcing in a run with the bases loaded.

TORERO PITCHING: Lefty Nick Sprengel got the start but could not get the win after lasting just 4.2 innings and allowing five runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Travis Kuhn went the rest of the way for San Diego, allowing just one run on two hits over the final 4.1 innings to move to 3-0 with the win.

 

 

THE BIG THREE: San Diego managed 17 RBI in the lopsided affair, but three players accounted for 15 of the 17 RBI on the day. Houghtby drove in six, while Kevin Collard went 3-for-6 with three runs scored, two doubles and five RBI. Connor Doyle rounded out the big showing, driving in four as part of a 1-for-2 day that included his first homer, and three runs scored.

BOX SCORE NOTES: LMU, which surrendered a season-high 18 hits in the loss on Saturday, allowed a season-high 18 runs on Sunday … the 18 runs are the most allowed by the Lions since surrendering 18 against UC Santa Barbara on March 24, 2015 … five Torero hitters finished with multiple hits … all but two of USD’s offensive starters finished with at least one hit, but the “place-holder” designated hitter spot occupied by Saturday’s starter Chris Murphy at the start of the game was ultimately filled by Doyle … the nine-run fifth inning was the most runs allowed by the Lions in a single frame this year … in addition to Smart, Billy Wilson and Brandon Shearer also posted two hits, with Wilson notching a double.

ON DECK: LMU will return to non-conference action on Tuesday when it travels to UC Santa Barbara for a 3 p.m. game.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has 12 home games remaining to be played at Page Stadium. New ticket plans start at $50 for a General Admission season ticket, while Reserved season tickets can be purchased for $99. Members of LMU’s Little Lions Club also get into all LMU home baseball games as part of the membership, while students, faculty and staff with a valid One Card also receive free General Admission access to every home game. Reserved season tickets behind home plate include a nameplate on your chair identifying your seat(s). Fans can also package a mini plan to include any five home games this year, with prices starting at $30. To purchase season tickets, mini plans or single-game tickets, please contact the LMU Box Office at 310-338-5466 or visit LMULions.com/tickets.

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