McGrath Gem Guides LMU to 5-3 Victory at San Francisco
Junior Patrick McGrath did not allow a hit until two out in the seventh inning.
April 21, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Junior Patrick McGrath tossed a gem on Sunday at San Francisco, carrying a no-hitter through 6.2 innings en route to guiding LMU (20-19, 9-6 WCC) to a 5-3 victory over San Francisco (22-17, 9-6 WCC) at USF's Benedetti Diamond. The victory handed LMU the season series over the Dons.
McGrath went eight strong frames, allowing just three hits and one earned run while striking out a career-high nine batters. The right-hander tossed 110 pitches and retired 19 straight hitters after allowing a one-out walk in the first through two out in the seventh. With the victory, McGrath improved to 3-1 on the year. Junior Bret Dahlson recorded the final three outs after inheriting two runners in the ninth inning to record his sixth save of the year.
Zachary Turner broke up the no-hit bid in the seventh, hitting his fifth home run of the year to right field. Christian Cecilio took the loss and fell to 3-1 after allowing five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out a season-high six hitters over five innings.
LMU got on the board first in the third, scoring twice to take an early 2-0 lead. Zac Fujimoto doubled and moved to third on an error before Joey Boney shot a single into left field to bring home the first run. Boney came around to score on the ensuing play when Edwards belted a double off the netting in left centerfield.
The Lions put three more runs on the board in the fifth, highlighted by a two-RBI double from Cheek. LMU managed to load the bases and set the table with out in the inning when Cecilio lost his command, walking one and hitting a pair.
After the homer to break up the no-hit bid in the seventh, the Dons managed to score a pair of unearned run in the bottom of the ninth to make things interesting. Leadoff singles from Brendan Hendriks and Justin Maffei came around to score when Edwards committed an error with two out, but Dahlson promptly sealed the victory by inducing a fly ball to centerfield.
LMU will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts Cal State Northridge at 3 p.m.