Long Ball Assists The Trojans, Lions Fall 5-2
USC hit back-to-back homers in the sixth.
April 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - STORY BY ETHAN DAVIS
Despite putting the first run on the board in the bottom of the second, LMU (18-18) surrendered four consecutive runs with two coming on back-to-back shots to left center in the sixth inning en route to dropping a 5-2 decision to USC (14-22) on Tuesday at LMU's Page Stadium.
After a scoreless first inning, Loyola Marymount Lions' pitcher Matt Florer, who was tab to start for his second consecutive mid-week game, walked Vahn Bozoian to load the bases in the second. Seven pitches later, Florer struck out Bobby Stahel, preventing what could have been a disastrous inning on "staff day."
The Lions quickly rewarded Florer when Tanner Donnels, on the fourth pitch of his at-bat, singled and advanced to second when Chris Barnett was hit-by-pitch. Zac Fujimoto advanced Donnels and Barnett when he laid down a sac-bunt. Five pitches later Donnels scored the first run of the game on Kevin Garcia's groundout.
The Trojans answered the Lions' roar by scoring in the top of the third when Greg Zebrack singled up the middle to bring home James Roberts, who had singled to lead off the inning. To prevent the game from getting out of control and to keep his team in contention, Zac Fujimoto made a highlight reel play with a full extension-crash into the wall catch.
After a two inning hiatus, the University of Southern California Trojans would put runs on the board with two outs in each of the next two innings. In the top of the sixth, the Trojans hit back-to-back homeruns to left center to break the 1-1 tie. In the seventh, Kevin Swick, who led of the inning with a single and stole second, came around to score on Zebrack's single to center.
To provide additional insurance on "staff day", USC added a run in the top of the ninth. Blake Lacey, who had led off the inning with a double to left, advanced to third on Zebrack's sacrifice bunt. Jake Hernandez, the Trojan who hit the first of the back-to-back jacks, brought Lacey home with a single up the middle.
Despite getting out of two bases loaded innings, recording two double plays, and putting the bat on the ball, the Lions were simply unable to get runners past second from the third to ninth innings. The six inning drought ended when Donnels crossed home on Fujimoto's groundout to second in the bottom of the ninth.
Today's loss against the Trojans prevented the Lions from winning their fifth consecutive mid-week game.
The Lions head to San Francisco to take on the Dons of the University of San Francisco April 19 - 21.