LMU Drops Just Third Home Game of 2004
Lions fall to USF in 10-7 slugfest at Page Stadium.
April 24, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - For the just third time all season, Loyola Marymount baseball fell at Page Stadium 10-7 to the University of San Francisco Saturday afternoon. Junior Joe Frazee went 3-for-4, but it was not enough to lift the Lions in the slugfest, as LMU moves to 15-3-1 at Page Stadium this season.
USF got on the board first in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Stefan Gartrell, scoring Blake Nelson, who had singled. LMU responded in the bottom of the inning when sophomore James Cooper, who had hit his first career homerun Friday, hit a solo shot over the right field wall to tie the game.
The Lions tacked on three more runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead beginning with Elvis Herrera's single to right. Senior Billy Lockin then hit a right-field triple, which scored Herrera. Cooper came up big again, as his RBI single to the right side scored Lockin and senior Brady Koch, who had walked.
San Francisco bounced back with two runs in the fourth on a leadoff single from Nelson, followed by Gartrell's two-run homerun to right to close the gap to 4-3.
LMU answered with another run in the bottom of the frame, when Lockin's single up the middle scored Frazee, who had singled to first to start the inning. But the Dons added two more in the fifth after Craig Click singled and advanced to third on a double from Armand Gaerlan. Chris Genung's two-run double to deep left center then tied the contest at 5-5.
USF's lead was short-lived as the Lions scored in the fifth on a double from junior Joe Frazee that hit in Cooper, who had reached first on an error by second baseman Fukuroku. San Francisco bounced back with two runs in the seventh on a Joe Jacobitz two-run double and took a 7-6 lead they would not surrender. The Diamond Dons added another run in the eighth on a RBI single from Andrew Smith.
Although LMU answered with a run in the bottom of the eighth when Lockin's double scored Frazee who had led off the inning with a single to right, a two run double in the ninth gave USF the insurance they would need with Patrick McGuigan on the mound.
USF starter Derek Tate allowed six runs (five earned) off 10 hits in 4.2 innings of work, but it was reliever Steve Spurgeon (2-0) who earned the relief win for the Dons (20-23, 8-9 WCC), allowing one run off two hits in 2.1 innings of work. Starter Will Quaglieri (3-5) suffered the loss for LMU (24-18-1, 14-6 WCC), allowing seven runs off 11 hits with three strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
Lockin and Cooper combined for a 5-for-10, six RBI effort at the plate. Frazee was 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored, and designated hitter Herrera added a 2-for-4 performance. LMU and USF will play the deciding third game of the WCC series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Page Stadium.