Lions Sweep Saint Mary's
LMU recorded a series sweep over Saint Mary's on Sunday with a 7-5 victory.
April 13, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU baseball program (22-14, 11-4 WCC) recorded a series sweep over Saint Mary's (13-21, 5-7 WCC) by way of a 7-5 victory over the Gaels on Sunday at LMU's Page Stadium. The Lions broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the eighth inning. The sweep was LMU's third of the year (Northern Kentucky and Portland), and the victory marked the fifth straight win for the Lions.
Freshman J.D. Busfield got the start and earned a no decision after tossing 3.0 innings and allowing an unearned run on one hit while striking out two. Junior Sean Buckle was the first reliever used on Sunday, going 3.0 innings and surrendering four runs on seven hits before handing the ball over to senior Carlos Fuentes. The right-hander tossed two scoreless frames, keeping the game knotted at five, before LMU plated the two runs in the eighth to make him a winner and move his record to 4-1. Senior Bret Dahlson locked up his seventh save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning, extending his LMU record for saves to 25.
Jacob Valdez was tagged with the loss for Saint Mary's after allowing the two runs over 1.2 innings of work. With the loss, Valdez fell to 1-2 on the year. The Gaels had four players finish with multi-hit games, including Anthony Gonsolin who also got the start on the mound for Saint Mary's. The right-hander went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks.
Saint Mary's got on the board first in the first inning when Connor Hornsby reached on a throwing error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Gonsolin helped his own cause early, shooting the RBI-single into left field to make it 1-0 after a half inning.
The Lions took their first lead of the game in the fourth, scoring three times to claim a 3-1 advantage. Singles from Tanner Donnels, Trezek and David Edwards loaded the bases before Jack drove in a pair with a single through the right side. Ted Boeke came up clutch later in the inning, punching a single through the left side to chase home Jack and cap the scoring run.
Nate Nolan single-handedly cut the deficit to one for Saint Mary's in the fifth, belting his third homer of the year over the wall in left centerfield to run the tally to 3-2. The homer was part of a 2-for-3 day for Nolan.
The Gaels kept the momentum into the sixth inning, scoring three more times to claim a 5-3 lead. The surge was highlighted by an RBI-double from Anthony Villa and an RBI-single off the bat of Trevor Abrams.
LMU punched right back in the bottom of the sixth as Trezek reached with a leadoff single before coming around to score on a two-out wild pitch. With the bases clear and two down, Kevin Garcia got the Lion rally going with a walk. A walk to Boeke followed as the Lions put the tying run in scoring position. Austin Miller came up huge out of the leadoff spot on the ensuing play, delivering an RBI-double down the left field line to bring home Garcia and the equalizer.
LMU took the final lead in the bottom of the eighth, benefitting from a one-out single from Jack. Garcia followed suit on the very next play, driving a single through the left side before Boeke drew a walk to load the bases. Once again faced with the big situation, Miller came through one more time, lifting a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home what proved to be the game-winning run. LMU was gifted an insurance run later in the inning as reliever Kurt Jahnke uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Garcia to slide home safely. The wild pitch was one of four issued by the Gaels on Sunday.
LMU will look to extend its five-game winning streak on Tuesday when it welcomes UC Irvine to Page Stadium for a game at 6 pm.