Seven-Game Win Streak Snapped at BYU
LMU had its seven-game hit streak snapped at BYU on Friday night.
April 18, 2014
The LMU baseball team (24-15, 12-5 WCC) had its seven-game win streak snapped by BYU (15-25, 6-11 WCC) on Friday night at BYU's Larry H. Miller Field. The Cougars earned the 6-2 victory behind a solid start from junior right-hander Jeff Barker. Barker allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out five to improve to 3-5 on the season.
LMU scored first in the game, plating a run in the first inning when junior Tanner Donnels delivered an RBI-single with two out to bring home Austin Miller. Miller, hitting out of the leadoff spot, reached on an error to start the game. BYU committed three errors over the course of the game, but LMU was unable to take advantage of the mistakes. Four Lion hitters finished with two hits, including Donnels who went 2-for-3 with the RBI.
Junior Sean Buckle started for LMU on Friday, going the first four innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, two walks and two hit-by-pitches before falling to 1-4 on the year. Freshman Tim Peabody was the first reliever used for the Lions, ultimately being charged with four runs on four hits and two walks over 2.2 innings of work.
After LMU scored its first run of the game in the first, BYU evened the tally at one as Buckle had trouble finding his command. The lefty walked a pair and hit one to load the bases before a sacrifice fly from Kelton Caldwell drove in the run.
A hit-by-pitch and an error proved costly for the Lions in the third as BYU added another run to take a lead it would not relinquish. Brennon Lund reached on the hit-by-pitch before a sacrifice bunt and an error charged to Ted Boeke at third base set the table for a sacrifice fly from Brock Whitney.
A wild pitch with two out and a runner at third resulted in BYU's third run of the game in the fifth before Bret Lopez doubled and came into score on a single from JC Snyder in the sixth, running the BYU advantage to 4-1.
Lopez, who finished 2-for-4, provided the knockout blow for BYU in the seventh as LMU intentionally walked Caldwell with two out to get to the right-handed hitter. Lopez made the decision hurt in the at bat, shooting a two-RBI triple into the gap to score both runners.
LMU made things interesting in the ninth inning, getting singles from Jimmy Jack and Cassidy Brown to start the frame, but reliever Brandon Kinser got Boeke to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to stunt the threat. Miller was able to deliver the run on the ensuing play, shooting a single into right field in front of a single from David Fletcher, but LMU was unable to muster any further offense as Kinser retired the next hitter on a ground out to end the game and seal the victory.
LMU will look to win the series over BYU tomorrow at Noon.