Lions Secure Series With 7-6 Win
LMU tops Santa Clara 7-6 Saturday to secure the WCC series victory.
April 28, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Lion pitching staff came up big when needed most Saturday, as Brian Wilson held the Broncos hitless until the sixth and Xavier Esquivel threw a scoreless 2.1 innings to close a 7-6 LMU victory over Santa Clara (21-23, 6-8 WCC) at Stephen Schott Stadium. The win secured the West Coast Conference series victory for the Lions, who move into sole possession of fourth place in the current WCC standings. The Lions (20-26-1, 7-7 WCC) will go for the series sweep Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Wilson, who earned the save in Friday night's game one, threw a no-hitter into the sixth inning Saturday. He passed his previous career-high five strikeouts in just the third inning, and finished with eight strikeouts on the day. Wilson (4-5) worked 5.2 innings, allowing just two hits, to the final two batters he faced.
LMU added two more runs in the fifth, again thanks to three straight singles. Farris drove in Miller, who had led off the frame. Joe Zeller then scored on a wild pitch by SCU starter Matt Wickswat.
The Lions made it a five-run lead in the sixth, when freshman Angelo Songco doubled down the right field line to plate Brett Mendoza who had started the inning with an infield single. Songco later scored after a wild pitch and a mishandled infield groundout.
Santa Clara managed two hits off Wilson in the sixth, both driving in runs after Wilson put two on via a walk and a hit batter. The Lions' starter left the game with a 5-2 lead after holding the Broncos hitless until the sixth.
Elvis Herrera renewed the Lions' five-run lead in the top of the seventh with a two-out, two-run home run over the fence in left that made it 7-2 LMU.
The five-run lead did not last long, as Evan LeBlanc's three-run home run in the seventh pulled the Broncos within two. Santa Clara scored one more run before the end of the frame to make it 7-6 LMU thanks to two infield errors by the Lions.
But that would be the end of the scoring for both clubs, as Esquivel tossed the final 2.1 scoreless innings to earn his first career save.
Wickswat fell to 6-5 on the season after allowing five runs on 10 hits in his 5.1 innings of work.
Glomb finished 3-for-4 with one RBI for the Lions. Other multiple-hit outings came from Farris, Mendoza, and Zeller.
Ryan Conan had the only multiple-hit day for the Broncos, going 2-for-4.
LMU and Santa Clara will conclude the three-game WCC series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start. Fans can follow the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker at www.LMULions.com.