Lions Score Twice in Ninth to Record 4-3 Victory Over San Francisco
LMU plated two runs in the top of the ninth to record a 4-3 comeback victory over the Dons.
April 20, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - LMU (19-19, 8-6 WCC) scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to record a 4-3 comeback victory over San Francisco (22-16, 9-5 WCC) on Saturday at USF's Benedetti Diamond. With the victory, LMU evened the series with the Dons.
After USF broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the bottom of the eighth, LMU responded for two runs in the top of the ninth to record the comeback victory. A one-out double from Mitchell Esser got the ball rolling in the ninth before David Edwards was hit by a pitch to put the go-ahead run aboard. Cullen Mahoney followed with a RBI-single through the right side, plating Esser and moving Edwards to third. Tommy Cheek delivered the game-winning run on the ensuing play, grounding a ball to first base to chase home Edwards.
Mahoney finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored and the RBI, while senior Joey Boney also had two hits. Senior Aaron Griffin got the start and took a no decision, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five over 7.1 innings. Sean Buckle earned the victory and improved to 1-1 after tossing a scoreless inning and turning the ball over to Bret Dahlson with one out in the ninth. The right-hander nailed down his fifth save of the year, retiring the only two hitters he faced.
Jason Mahood and Zachary Turner each went 2-for-4, with Turner also notching a RBI. Junior Alex Balog was in line for a victory after earning the start and tossing 7.1 innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) and striking out a season-high tying nine hitters. Left-hander Bobb Mott contributed a combined 1.1 scoreless innings (making two appearances separated by a stint in left field), while Adam Cimber allowed two runs on two hits over a third of a frame to take the loss and fall to 2-2.
LMU got on the board first in the first inning, scoring twice on a RBI-double from Colton Plaia and benefitting from a throwing error from centerfielder Justin Mafei on the same play. USF responded in the bottom of the second, scoring twice on RBI-singles from Josh Miller and Ryan Matranga.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the middle innings, as LMU eventually stranded nine runners on base and USF six, but the score stayed 2-2 headed into the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Bradley Zimmer scored all the way from first base on a RBI-double into the right-centerfield gap off the bat of Turner, handing USF a one-run lead and setting the table for the LMU comeback.
LMU and USF will decide the three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.