April 10, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
Sophomore Matt Koch connected on his team-best 10th home run of the year, but that was all the run production the Lions (15-14, 0-2) could muster en route to dropping a 6-1 decision to San Diego (16-14, 2-0) on Saturday in the second game of a three-game West Coast Conference series.
Koch, who finished 2-for-4 with the solo home run, was joined by Ryan Hawthorne and Matt Lowenstein with two hits apiece. With the pair on Saturday, Hawthorne has now hit safely in 18 straight games, collecting multiple-hits in nine of the 18. Junior Jason Barmasse reached base twice in the game, drawing a walk in each of his first two plate appearances.
Sophomore Ramiro Carreon dealt the first four and a third innings as the Lion starter, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk while striking out five. With the loss, Carreon fell to 2-3 on the season. Freshman Aaron Griffin was impressive in relief of Carreon, tossing three and two-thirds scoreless innings and striking out three batters.
Sammy Solis was stellar as the USD starting pitcher, tossing seven and two-thirds scoreless innings before surrendering the solo homer to Koch in the eighth. The left-hander walked two and scattered seven hits while punching-out seven batters. Right-hander Matt Hauser finished the game on the hill for USD, pitching an inning and a third scoreless, allowing two hits and striking out two.
For the second consecutive day, Kevin Muno had his hand in the bulk of the Torero scoring. The leadoff man went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, a walk and a double. Chris Engell finished with multiple-hits for the second straight game, batting 2-for-5 with a run scored, a triple and a RBI, while James Meador went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Nick McCoy also highlighted the USD offensive effort, belting a home run.
Muno and USD got on the board first with one run in the bottom of the first inning. The leadoff man doubled and moved to third on an errant pickoff from Carreon before Meador contributed the RBI-single to chase home the run. San Diego extended the lead to 2-0 after three, plating a run on a RBI-single from Mike Ferraro.
After McCoy took it upon himself to make it 3-0 with a home run in the fourth, USD added three more runs in the fifth to run the tally to 6-0. Muno reached on a bunt single before Engell pushed him home with a triple into the gap. An error charged to Hawthorne in centerfield allowed Engell to come home on the ensuing play, followed two plays later by a RBI-single into centerfield off the bat of Tony Strazzara to cap the frame.
After Solis set down the first two hitters in order in the eighth, Koch jumped on a first-pitch fast ball and delivered it over the wall in left centerfield to plate the lone Lion run.
LMU will look to salvage the series tomorrow when the two teams complete the three-game set at 1 p.m.