LMU Walks Off with Sweep of USF on Wild Pitch

April 15, 2018

Box Score

Tied at three in the bottom of the 11th inning on Sunday, LMU (17-18, 10-5 WCC) walked off with a series sweep of San Francisco (20-16, 10-5 WCC), and a 4-3 victory, on a wild pitch that allowed Niko Decolati to score from third base. With the sweep, LMU is now tied with the Dons for first place in the WCC standings.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Decolati reached on an errant throw charged to shortstop Michael Perri as his toss to first sailed into the Lion dugout and handed Decolati an extra 90 feet. Nick Sogard followed with a productive ground ball to the right side before USF pitched around Jamey Smart to put runners at the corners with one out. With Trevin Esquerra at the plate, reliever Benji Post uncorked a pitch to the backstop that allowed Decolati to scamper home.

OFFENSIVE LIONS OF THE GAME: LMU managed 10 hits in the victory on Sunday, including a pair from Esquerra, Niko Pacheco and Kenny Oyama. Pacheco and Oyama also scored a run.

PIECING TOGETHER A WIN ON THE MOUND: LMU used a season-high-tying seven different pitchers on Sunday, beginning with lefty Sean Paquet. Paquet went the first 1.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned), before being replaced by Matt Voelker. The freshman went the next 2.0 scoreless frames before Josh Robins surrendered one run over 1.1 innings of work. Austin Carder pitched extremely well, logging 2.2 scoreless innings in front of 1.1 scoreless from Nick Frasso. Redshirt-sophomore Mark Finkelnburg continued the strong effort, tossing 1.1 scoreless before Josh Agnew recorded the final two outs to move in line for the victory.

 

 

AGNEW CAPS A STELLAR SERIES WITH WIN: Sophomore Josh Agnew induced an inning-ending double play in the top of the 11th before LMU walked-off in the bottom of the frame, picking up the win and moving to 4-3 on the year. The right-hander pitched in all three games against USF, finishing with a victory and two saves over 3.2 innings of work out of the bullpen.

BOX SCORE NOTES: Brendan Jenkins was saddled with the loss after being charged with the unearned run in the 11th ... the right-hander tossed 4.0 innings and allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out four, but eventually fell to 2-1 on the season ... the Lions stranded 13 runners on base, while San Francisco left 15 ... both teams had chances for big innings, as LMU left the bags loaded in the seventh and the ninth, while USF left them loaded in the first ... Jonathan Allen and Perri each recorded two hits for USF, with Perri driving in one ... LMU trailed 2-0 after two innings as USF put two runs on the board in the second ... the Lions scored single runs in the third and fourth, but USF again took a lead at 3-2 in the fifth ... LMU drew even in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk to Nick Sogard ... the Lions benefitted from nine walks, but also walked nine on the other side.

LION NOTES: The weekend series sweep is the third of the year for LMU, and the second in WCC play (BYU) ... the Lions had lost three straight, six of seven, and seven of nine headed into the weekend ... Sunday's walk-off win was the second of the year for LMU (3/20 vs. Long Beach State), and the fifth victory in the last at bat.

ON DECK: LMU will have a busy week next week, visiting Long Beach State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before hosting USC on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to make up the fogged-out contest from March 13. LMU will then welcome Portland to Page Stadium for a three-game series beginning on Friday.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has nine 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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