April 27, 2002
Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2002) - Loyola Marymount University (LMU) baseball fell to Santa Clara University 6-3 on Saturday as the West Coast Conference series is now even at a game apiece.
For the second straight game the Lions (17-26, 10-9) managed to outhit the Broncos, getting 11 hits on the day. Santa Clara (19-25, 9-10) managed nine hits including a three-run, three-hit third inning that was the difference in the game.
Santa Clara would strike first when they would load the bases with two outs in the second inning. Jim Wallace, who went 3-for-5 with four RBI and was a triple shy of the cycle, hit a one-out single and then would score when Ryan Chiarelli was hit by a pitch from LMU starter Justin Abreu.
Abreu once again ran into trouble in the third inning when Pat Peavey reach on an error with one out. Jack Headley would single to put runners on base for Wallace, who would hit his ninth home run of the season to give Santa Clara the 4-0 lead.
Bronco's starter Matthew Travis was solid through four innings, allowing no runs on just five hits with no walks. The Lions would finally get to the left-hander in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 4-1. Freshman Carl Stoeber started the inning with a double and would advance to third on freshman Joe Frazee's grounder. Stoever would score on Junior Joe Silva's sacrifice fly.
Abreu would settle down and would allow just one hit combined in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. With the Broncos held in check the Lions would get within a run, scoring two more in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3.
Sophomore Jonathan Higashi, who was 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, hit a leadoff triple to start the sixth. He would score on senior Tommy Perez' single. LMU would load the bases with a single by Zacuto and a bunt single by Smith. Freshman Jonathan Oller would hit a fielder's choice to score Perez for the second run of the inning.
Travis would get out of the bases loaded, no out jam holding onto the one-run lead. Reliever Chad Fillinger would go the final three innings and allow just one hit, a single to Christian Campos
with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Travis improves to 5-2 on the year and Fillinger earns his first save. Abreu earned the loss and falls to 3-4 on the year.
Santa Clara would get the two runs back in the top of the seventh. After a walk to Joey Gomes and a double by Peavey, Headley would hit a sacrifice fly to score Gomes and Wallace would double to score Peavey.
The teams will play the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.