Lions Top UCLA 4-2
LMU wins third straight contest as homestand continues.
April 12, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU baseball won its third straight contest with a 4-2 victory over crosstown foe UCLA (7-22) in a non-conference match-up Tuesday at Page Stadium. Junior Kyle Mura went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the second and a big defensive play in the fifth to lead the Lions (14-18).
The Lions' bullpen held the Bruins scoreless in their final five times at the plate, allowing just one hit in the final 3.2 innings. The staff kept UCLA to just five hits overall, with no player registering a multiple-hit outing.
LMU took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second, an inning that began with a leadoff home run by Mura. James Cooper put the Lions up 3-0 on a two-run single to left that scored Sean Dovel and Joe Frazee, who had both drawn walks from UCLA starter Adam Simon.
UCLA cut the Lions' lead to one in the top of the fourth when Tommy Lansdon's single scored Sean Carpenter and Josh Roenicke's groundout allowed Lansdon to cross the plate.
The Lions added a run in the fifth when Frazee's groundout to second scored Mura, who had singled earlier in the inning.
Simon suffered the loss for UCLA and fell to 1-4 after two innings pitched. The Bruins were led offensively by Roenicke and Lansdon, who combined for a 2-for-4, two RBI outing.
In addition to Mura's 3-for-4 effort, Frazee went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Gabe Bueno earned the win and improved to 2-0 for LMU after holding the Bruins hitless in the seventh and eighth. Starter Stephen Kahn struck out three and allowed just one hit in his two innings of work. Jeff Stevens earned his second save of the season after striking out Anthony Norman and Chris Jensen for the final two outs of the game.
LMU continues the April homestand this weekend, hosting West Coast Conference opponent Santa Clara for a three-game series. The series will open Friday with a 3:00 p.m. start at Page Stadium.
LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz will hold a special live website chat Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PST. Fans can send questions to Cruz ahead of time or during the chat at www.LMULions.com.