Sogard, Esquerra Guide LMU to Series-Opening Win

April 13, 2018

Box Score

Sophomores Nick Sogard and Trevin Esquerra each finished with three hits to guide LMU (15-18, 8-5 WCC) to a 6-3 series-opening win over WCC-leader San Francisco (20-14, 10-3 WCC) on Friday night from Page Stadium.

OFFENSIVE LIONS OF THE GAME: Sogard finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI – including two in the two-run seventh to provide some breathing room for the Lions. Esquerra went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and one RBI.

PAIVA TURNS IN QUALITY START: Junior Codie Paiva turned in a quality start en route to capturing a victory, throwing 6.0 innings and allowing just three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out a career-best nine. The right-hander, who threw 105 pitches, moved to 4-3 with the win.

LIONS HAND PONTICELLI FIRST LOSS: LMU tagged right-hander Thomas Ponticelli with his first loss of the season, dropping the Friday starter to 5-1 on the year. Ponticelli surrendered six runs (five earned) on 11 hits over 6.0 innings of work.

USING THE FULL ROTATION: Head coach Jason Gill, who is shaking up his rotation this weekend, used all three of his “regular starters” on Friday night, as freshman Nick Frasso (regularly the Sunday starter) logged 2.0 scoreless innings while striking out five before Josh Agnew (who has toed the rubber on Saturdays) closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to earn his first career save.

 

 

BOX SCORE NOTES: In addition to Esquerra and Sogard, Niko Decolati, Brandon Shearer and Niko Pacheco all finished with multiple hits – posting a pair … Decolati went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a double, while Pacheco drove in a pair during a 2-for-4 night … Shearer finished the game 2-for-3 … LMU hit .412 (7x17) with runners on base, and .500 (5x10) with runners in scoring position on Friday night … the Lions collected 13 hits and struck out a season-high 14 Don hitters.

PACHECO GIVES LMU LEAD TWICE: Pacheco’s two hits both proved big for LMU, as the redshirt-senior broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI-single in the fourth before handing LMU a 4-3 lead with an RBI-single in the sixth.

LEADOFF HOMER: Jonathan Allen highlighted an 11-hit game for USF, finishing 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a pair of homers and two RBI – launching two solo shots. The leadoff man in the order got the game started with a bang, launching a leadoff homer to right field to put USF on the board first. The leadoff homer was the first allowed by the Lions since Clay Fisher led off the 2017 season with a homer for #19 UCSB on February 16, 2017. The two-homer night was the second allowed to a Lion opponent this year (Nick Ames at UNLV, 2/18).

LMU NOTES: Esquerra’s three-hit night was his sixth multi-hit game of the year, and his first three-hit affair of 2018 … the three hits matched a career-high for Esquerra (4/4/17 vs. UC Riverside) … Sogard collected his team-best 12th multi-hit game of the year, including his fourth three-hit contest ... LMU snapped a three-game losing streak with Friday’s win … has lost six of the last eight, and seven of the last 10, overall … the Lions are being outscored 61-25 over the last six games.

MIRROR ON THE MOUND: In a slightly odd occurrence, both Paiva and Ponticelli got the start and wore #17 on their backs, but what truly made the situation stand out was the pitcher who replaced each – Frasso and Alex Pham – both wore #26.

ON DECK: LMU will continue the three-game series with San Francisco on Saturday at 6 p.m.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has 11 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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