Portland Sweeps LMU, Earns 2-1 Victory in Finale
The LMU baseball team was swept by Portland over the weekend.
April 28, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of Portland (16-28, 8-10 WCC) swept LMU (21-22, 9-9 WCC) in a three-game West Coast Conference baseball series over the weekend, earning a 2-1 victory over the Lions in the finale on Sunday at Joe Etzel Field.
For the second straight day, LMU scored first only to have its lead erased. Senior Matt Lowenstein contributed a RBI-single into centerfield to plate senior Colton Plaia in the second inning to hand LMU a 1-0 lead, but the advantage was erased in the third when junior right-hander Patrick McGrath issued a bases-loaded walk to Ben Grubb to force in the equalizer.
With the game tied at 1-1 headed into the bottom of the sixth, Caleb Whalen belted his first home run of the year, a solo shot, over the wall in left field for what proved to be the game-winner.
All things considered, McGrath pitched extremely well on Sunday, allowing just the two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings of work. For the third time in as many games, LMU failed to score more than three runs, this time plating just one and handing McGrath the tough-luck loss to fall to 3-2.
Senior right-hander Matt McCallister got the start and earned the victory for Portland, allowing just one run over 7.2 innings of work to improve to 2-4. McCallister struck out six Lion hitters before handing the ball over to Kody Watts who went the final 1.1 innings to record his second save of the series.
LMU will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Long Beach State for a game at 6 p.m.