6-Run 6th Gives #16 UC Irvine Tuesday Win
Lions fall to 16th-ranked Anteaters' big sixth inning rally.
April 24, 2007
LOS ANGELES - With the scored tied 5-5 in the top of the sixth, 16th-ranked UC Irvine unloaded for six runs in the frame to take the lead over LMU (18-26-1) for good in the non-conference Tuesday match-up at Page Stadium. The teams combined for 22 runs and 31 hits in the slugfest, but the nationally-ranked Anteaters (29-11-1) got the better end of the deal with the 14-8 victory.
For the Lions, Tuesday's game marked the fifth-straight contest against a team ranked in the nation's top-25. Last Tuesday, LMU posted a win over then-25th-ranked Long Beach State at Blair Field. The Lions then hosted 18th-ranked San Diego over the weekend.
The biggest jolt of Tuesday's six-run sixth inning came on back-to-back home runs by Matthew Morris and Sean Madigan. Morris's was a three run shot.
UC Irvine had scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead on the Lions.
The Lions' first two runs came on sacrifice flies by Herrera and Joe Zeller.
But the comeback bid was not enough as the Anteaters continued to tack on the runs. UC Irvine pushed three more runs across in their final three at bats.
In the staff pitching day for both teams, relievers Chris Lopez and Mike Kenney earned the decisions. Lopez (1-0) earned the win for the Anteaters after throwing two innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Kenney (2-3) suffered the loss after 0.2 innings, as he was charged with five runs on four hits.
Freshman Xavier Esquivel made his third start for the Lions and worked 5.0 innings before leaving the 5-5 game in the hands of Kenney.
UC Irvine starter Cory Hamilton worked three innings and allowed an unearned run on two hits.
First baseman Taylor Holiday went 4-for-6 with five runs scored for the Anteaters.
The Lions continue West Coast Conference play this weekend with a three-game set at Santa Clara. Fans can catch all of the action here at www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access.