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Lions Fall in Lopsided 15-2 Affair to Open Conference Play

Sophomore Ryan Hawthorne collected two hits to extend his hitting streak to 17 games on Friday. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

Sophomore Ryan Hawthorne collected two hits to extend his hitting streak to 17 games on Friday. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

April 9, 2010

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - LMU (15-13) dropped a lopsided affair, 15-2, to San Diego (15-14) to open West Coast Conference play on Friday in game one of what will be a three-game series being played at USD's Cunningham Stadium over the weekend. The Toreros scored once in each of the first two innings, four times in the fourth, five times in the fifth, and two more in both the sixth and seventh.

Ryan Hawthorne and Alex Guthrie accounted for four of LMU's nine hits on the day, as both players collected a pair. With the 2-for-5 day at the plate, Hawthorne extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games. Guthrie went 2-for-4, while sophomores Matt Koch and Trevor Gee each drove in a run.

Sophomore Martin Viramontes had a rough start for LMU, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits and four walks over four innings of work en route to being tagged with his fourth loss of the season. Freshman Alex Sachs allowed five runs (four earned) in an inning on the hill before Greg Meyers allowed the final two over two frames. Sophomore Jason Wheeler dealt a perfect eighth inning to finish the game on the hill for LMU. The Lions as a team committed three errors behind the pitching staff.

Zach Kometani and Chris Engell paced the Torero offense, which finished with 17 hits. Kometani went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, three RBI, a walk and a home run. Engell was 4-for-6 with a run scored and two RBI. USD's leadoff man, Kevin Muno, batted 2-for-6 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and four RBI in the victory. Kyle Blair went seven innings, allowing six hits and a run while striking out eight, to improve to 3-3 on the year. Mike Dedrick tossed the final two frames for USD, surrendering one run on three hits and three walks.

 

 

The Lions got on the board first in the game, striking for a run in the top of the first. Jonathan Johnson reached with a leadoff ground-rule double before a hit-by-pitch and a Hawthorne single loaded the bases. Koch contributed the RBI-groundout on the ensuing play, but that would be all the offense the Lions could muster over the next six innings, failing to score again until the eighth.

USD tied the score at one in the bottom of the first before Kometani's leadoff shot in the second handed the Toreros a lead they would not relinquish. The four-run fourth inning was highlighted by a Nick McCoy two-RBI double and Muno's two-run home run.

The five-run fifth featured a two-RBI double from Muno and a two-RBI single from Engell. A Tony Strazzara single and a Victor Sanchez double resulted in the first run of the sixth before Kometani capped the frame with a RBI-single back up the middle. After loading the bases in the seventh, USD pushed its final two runs across on a Kometani single through the left side and a walk to force in the final run.

LMU managed to scrape a run across in the top of the eighth, piecing an Evan Simonitsch leadoff double with a Gee pinch-hit single down the left field line to score the run.

The two teams will continue the three-game series tomorrow with game-two starting at 1 p.m. The Lions will send right-hander Ramiro Carreon to the hill, opposed by lefty Sammy Solis for USD.

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