Lions Earn Series Win, Look for Sweep Sunday

April 14, 2018

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Locking up a series win over WCC-leader San Francisco on Saturday night, LMU (16-18, 9-5 WCC) recorded a 6-3 win over the Dons (20-15, 10-4 WCC) from Page Stadium to move within a game of first place in the WCC standings.

OFFENSIVE LION OF THE GAME: Senior Jamey Smart collected just one of LMU’s 10 hits in the victory, but his one hit was a big one – accounting for half of LMU’s six runs. The native of San Ramon, Calif. launched a three-run homer off of USF starter Riley Ornido in the third inning to get the scoring started. The round-trippper was Smart’s second of the year.

LATE-INNING SUPPORT: LMU led 4-3 after six innings, but added two big insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI-triple from Billy Wilson and an RBI-single from Niko Decolati with the infield drawn in. Decolati finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored and the one RBI, while Wilson was 1-for-4. Trevin Esquerra, who scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, closed the game 2-for-3.

STRONG EFFORT ON THE MOUND: Redshirt-senior Tyler Cohen got the start and worked through a pair of jams en route to throwing 3.0 scoreless innings and striking out six. Cohen twice stranded the bases loaded, including striking out three straight hitters to do so in the first. CJ Fernandezees, the third Lion pitcher used, logged 3.2 scoreless frames, striking out two and retiring the final 10 he faced, en route to capturing the win and moving to 1-2. Josh Agnew recorded his second save in as many games on Saturday, contributing the final 2.0 scoreless frames.

LIONS HAND ORNIDO FIRST LOSS: One night after handing right-hander Thomas Ponticelli his first loss of the season (5-1), LMU tagged righty Riley Ornido with his first as well, dropping Ornido to 7-1. Ornido surrendered four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 6.2 innings of work.

BOX SCORE NOTES: The Dons scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning, knotting the game at 3-3 … USF stranded 10 runners on base, with nine of the 10 left by Aaron Ping (left bases loaded three times) … LMU left 11 runners aboard … the two teams combined to go 1-for-9 with two walks with the bases loaded on Saturday … LMU left them loaded once, while USF left them three times.

WILSON TRIPLES TO MOVE UP IN RANKINGS: Senior Billy Wilson tripled-home a run in the eighth inning to not only help the Lions to a win on Saturday, but also to move him up on the LMU all-time records list … Wilson’s triple was the 15th of his career – moving him into a tie with Matt Lowenstein (2010-13) for fourth on the all-time list … the LMU record is 19, set by Jonathan Johnson from 2008-11.

ON DECK: LMU will conclude the three-game series with San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Lions will be looking for a sweep that would catapult them into a tie for first place in the WCC.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has 10 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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