Lions Stumble at Portland in Game One, 8-3
LMU stranded 11 runners on base and sophomore ace Colin Welmon allowed six runs.
April 26, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore ace Colin Welmon allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits, two walks and three hit-by-pitches over 4.2 innings of work, while LMU (21-20, 9-7 WCC) stranded 11 baserunners offensively en route to dropping an 8-3 decision on Friday to Portland (14-28, 6-10 WCC) in game one of a three-game series being played at Portland's Joe Etzel field. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Pilots.
Welmon, who took the loss and fell to 5-3, fired 91 pitches over the 4.2 innings before giving way to left-hander Brandon Horth. Horth dealt the next inning scoreless before Carlos Fuentes went the final 2.1 innings, allowing a two-run homer to Ben Grubb in the eighth.
Billy Sahlinger earned the victory for Portland, lasting 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five to improve to 3-2. Kody Watts pitched the final 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, surrendering three hits and a walk to earn his first save of the season.
Senior Zac Fujimoto highlighted the LMU offense, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI. Cullen Mahoney and Tommy Cheek also had two hits in the loss. Jeff Melby, Brian Frattali and Cody Lenahan each had multiple hits for Portland, with Melby going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a RBI.
After a perfect first inning, Welmon got in trouble in the second, allowing four runs on four hits, including a two-RBI single from Nick Armenta and RBI-singles from Kramer Scott and Frattali.
The lead extended to 5-0 in the third when Matt Lowenstein caught a fly ball in left, but dropped the ball on the transfer to his throwing hand, allowing a runner to scamper home from third without a throw. The second Lion error of the game resulted in another run in the fourth, pushing the Lions into a 6-0 hole. Michael Lucarelli reached on an error charged to Joey Boney at third before coming around to score on a bunt single from Melby with two out.
LMU managed to cut the deficit to three at 6-3 by way of three runs in the sixth, but eventually stranded the bases loaded and waste an even bigger opportunity. The Lions rattled-off six straight hits after the first out in the frame, highlighted by a RBI-double from Mitchell Esser and a two-RBI single from Fujimoto.
With the deficit still at 6-3 headed into the bottom of the eighth, Grubb added two more insurance runs with his third homer of the year, extending the lead to its eventual final of 8-3.
LMU and Portland will continue the three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.