Paiva Collects Win, Lions Explode for 13 Runs
Codie Paiva earned a victory over Hawaii and was supported by 13 Lion runs.
Freshman Codie Paiva, who grew up in Pearl City, Hawaii, got the start against the University of Hawaii on Monday, tossing 6.0 innings and allowing just two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts to record his first career victory in his first career start.
LMU's offense backed the strong start from Paiva, collecting 13 runs on 11 hits, including homers from Niko Decolati and Joe Christian. Decolati, who now has four round-trippers on the year, finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a triple, the homer and four RBI. Cassidy Brown also had a standout day at the plate, finishing 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and four RBI. The multi-hit game was Brown's 20th of the year. The final Lion to collect multiple hits was Spencer Erdman, who batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and an RBI.
LMU jumped out to an early 11-0 lead after three, scoring three times in the first, once in the second and seven times in the third. The Lion offense chased Hawaii starter Patrick Martin after just 2.0 innings, tagging the right-hander with six runs on four hits and a walk to move him to 1-2 on the year.
Decolati accounted for all three runs in the first, belting a three-run homer out to left-centerfield to plate Brown and Jamey Smart who drew hit-by-pitches earlier in the frame.
Christian's solo homer in the second, part of a three-run game for the senior, made it 4-0, before RBI-triples from Smart and Decolati started the scoring in the seven-run third inning. Billy Wilson added an RBI-double in the frame, his second double of the season, before Brown cleared the bases with a three-RBI double into the gap in left-centerfield to cap the scoring run.
After Hawaii plated its only runs against Paiva in the fifth on a two-RBI triple from Matt LoCoco, LMU tacked on two more in the home half of the inning, scoring the runs on RBI-doubles from Erdman and Brown.
The lopsided affair allowed for the Lions to make a handful of changes over the course of the game, as pitchers Jack Brkich and Alex Strizak made their first collegiate appearances. Brkich dealt a scoreless seventh inning before Strizak tossed a scoreless eighth, including one strikeout.
LMU will conclude a string of five games in five days tomorrow, hosting CSU Bakersfield at 6 p.m.
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