Arriaga Stymies San Diego State in 7-1 Victory
Brenton Arriaga tossed a career-high 6.1 shutout frames to record a victory over San Diego State.
April 29, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Freshman Brenton Arriaga tossed 6.1 shutout innings on Tuesday, limiting San Diego State (31-14) to just two hits, as LMU (26-19) defeated the Aztecs by a score of 7-1 at LMU's Page Stadium. With the victory, LMU has now won six straight home games. LMU's offense backed Arriaga's strong start, scoring seven runs on 13 hits.
Arriaga, a native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., threw 88 pitches and struck out two Aztec hitters over his career-high 6.1 innings of work. He faced just three hitters over the minimum en route to improving to 4-3 with the victory.
Freshmen Austin Miller and Cassidy Brown each registered multiple-hit games for the Lions, with Miller going 4-for-5 with three RBI and a double out of the leadoff spot. Brown, hitting out of the eighth spot in the order, went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Making the most of his one hit on the night, senior Brice Savage belted his first career home run in the fourth inning as part of a 1-for-3 effort with two RBI and two runs scored.
Right-hander Cody Thompson was saddled with the loss and fell to 5-3 after allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk. The Aztecs used a total of five pitchers in the loss.
LMU got on the board first in the third inning, scoring a pair of runs on a two-RBI double from Miller. Savage and Brown reached with a hit-by-pitch and a walk to start the inning before both runners were moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from left fielder Chris Barnett. The sacrifice proved fruitful on the ensuing play as Miller shot the double inside the chalk down the left field line to bring home both runs.
Savage's home run took advantage of a costly error in the fourth inning, as Tyler Cohen reached on a one-out error charged to third baseman Ty France. Barring the error, a strikeout on the next play would have ended the frame, but instead, Savage came to the plate with a man on and ripped a first-pitch offering over the wall in left centerfield to run the tally to 4-0 in favor of LMU.
LMU added three more insurance runs on five hits in the sixth, highlighted by RBI-singles from freshmen Brown, Miller and David Fletcher. With a 2-for-5 day at the plate, Fletcher has now hit safely in 16 of the last 17 games, and 19 of the last 21.
San Diego State would not be shut out on Tuesday night, punching a two-out run across in the top of the ninth before eventually stranding the bases loaded the end the game. The Aztecs began the fight on a one-out single from leadoff man Greg Allen. Tim Zier followed suit with a single of his own before Seby Zavala punched the RBI-single into shallow right field to break up the shutout bid. Fortunately for LMU, reliever Carlos Fuentes was able to ultimately right the ship, retiring the Aztecs on a fly ball to shallow left field that was handled by Fletcher at shortstop.
LMU will look to extend its six-game home winning streak on Friday when it opens a crucial three-game West Coast Conference series with WCC-leader Pepperdine at 6 pm.