Abbott Tosses Eight Shutout, Lions Blank Saint Mary’s
Cory Abbott dealt eight shutout innings as LMU shutout Saint Mary’s to post a series win.
Junior right-hander Cory Abbott continued his dominance on the mound on Saturday, dealing eight shutout innings and allowing just three hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts as LMU (23-13, 11-4 WCC) recorded a 7-0 shutout victory over Saint Mary’s (22-13, 6-6 WCC) to earn a series win in West Coast Conference play.
With the win, LMU is now 8-0-1 in weekend series this year.
Abbott cruised through the eight shutout frames, allowing two hits to Edward Haus and a single to Kevin Milam. The right-hander tossed 106 pitches in the outing, improving to 7-1 with the win. Abbott has now thrown 37.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, dating back to March 12.
Offensively, LMU collected the seven runs on 11 hits, including a solo home run from Steven Chavez in the fourth. Chavez finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Phil Caulfield was another one of five Lion players with two hits, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Spencer Erdman, who went 2-for-5 on the day, drove in LMU’s first run of the game in the first inning, punching a double to left field to bring home Caulfield. Erdman and Caulfield both finished the series against SMC with three multi-hit games. Jamey Smart and Jimmy Hill also posted two hits in the victory, with Smart scoring twice.
Cooper Uhl made it 2-0 LMU in the second inning when he lofted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to bring home Smart from third. Uhl came up big in his next at bat as well, punching a bases-loaded two-RBI single through the hole on the right side to help LMU to a three-run third, opening up a 5-0 lead. The Lion run in the second, and all three in the third, went unearned as Saint Mary’s committed three costly errors in the game.
After Chavez’ homer extended the Lion lead to 6-0 in the fourth, he punched across LMU’s final tally in the ninth with a single into left field to chase home Erdman.
Harrison Simon finished the game on the mound for LMU, tossing a scoreless ninth inning to secure LMU’s fourth shutout win of the season.
LMU will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts Cal State Northridge at 6 p.m.
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