Lions Shut Out for First Time in 2014
LMU stranded 11 runners, including the bases loaded twice.
April 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (24-17) had plenty of opportunities on Tuesday night at UCLA (22-16), but the Lions stranded 11 runners, including the bases loaded twice, en route to being shut out for the first time this season. UCLA scored once in the fifth, sixth and eighth to earn the 3-0 shutout victory. The win handed UCLA the series victory over the Lions.
Freshman Grant Dyer got the start for UCLA, tossing the first six scoreless innings. The right-hander did not have his best stuff on Tuesday, walking five and hitting one, but he worked around the jams. A trio of relievers combined to no-hit the Lions over the final three innings, including Nick Kern tossing a 1-2-3 ninth to record his second save and move Dyer to 6-3 with the victory. All told, UCLA walked seven Lion hitters and hit one.
Brenton Arriaga got the start for LMU, lasting a career-high 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on six hits. The lefty took the loss and fell to 3-3.
LMU loaded the bases in the fourth and sixth, but could not manage to plate a run. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bags with only one out in the fourth, but Dyer struck out Cassidy Brown and Ted Boeke to escape the jam. Boeke was once again at the plate with the bags loaded in the sixth, this time flying out to deep left-centerfield as Dyer once again dodged the bullet.
Despite the first four innings belonging to LMU offensively, it was UCLA that broke the scoreless tie in the fifth, scoring once on a double from Trent Chatterton that was followed by an RBI-single from Pat Gallagher. The Bruins added another run in the sixth as a pair of singles from Kevin Williams and Christoph Bono put runners at the corners and set the table for an RBI-groundout from Chatterton.
Leading 2-0, UCLA added an insurance run off of senior Patrick McGrath in the eighth. Shane Zeile, who was outstanding behind the plate blocking pitches in the dirt from Dyer, contributed a double down the left field line before coming around to score on a double from Williams with the infield drawn in.
Having dropped three straight games, LMU will look to get back on track when it heads to Santa Clara for a three-game West Coast Conference series on Friday at 6 pm.