LMU Drops Pepperdine 7-3 in Game One of WCC Series
Clint McGill goes 3-for-5 with two RBI and a save as the Lions open their final regular season home series.
April 30, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount baseball took the first of three games in the West Coast Conference series with crosstown rival Pepperdine 7-3 Friday afternoon at Page Stadium. The Lions used a 3-for-5, two RBI performance from senior Clint McGill, who also picked up the save in the battle of the conference's two division leaders.
The Waves got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third, when Steve Kleen's single to left scored Luke Salas, who had drawn the walk.
But LMU scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Billy Lockin had a lead-off double to leftcenter and later scored on McGill's double to the left side. Joe Frazee then added a double to centerfield which scored McGill, for the go-ahead 2-1 run.
The Waves responded when three consecutive singles scored Nick Kliebert to tie game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth.
The Lions continued their trend of big sixth innings, beginning with Anthony Santana's single through the left side that moved A.J. LaMonda, who had drawn the walk from Pepperdine starter Jacob Barrack, to second base. After both Santana and LaMonda advanced a base on a passed ball, Lockin's single to right scored LaMonda from third and forced the Waves to turn to Paul Coleman out of the bullpen.
Coleman got James Cooper to fly-out to center field, but then allowed Santana to score on a wild pitch to give the Lions the 4-2 lead. A Higashi single through the left side then brought in Lockin, as the Lions totaled three runs on three hits for the 5-2 lead in the sixth. In the last seven games, LMU has outscored its opponents 16-2 in the sixth inning.
Pepperdine threatened in the top of the seventh when Brent Lewis' single to right scored Salas. But Kahn would get out of the inning leaving three Pepperdine runners on base and finishing the day striking out three batters in seven innings of work. The sophomore, who entered the game with a WCC-leading 2.92 ERA, improved to 7-2 on the season.
Kevin Jenson entered the game in the top of the eighth to pitch for Kahn, and faced just one batter, striking out Taylor Klosowski. McGill then moved from second base to the pitchers' mound and threw 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out one. The senior picked up his third save of the season, as Jenson and McGill combined to hold the Waves scoreless in the final two innings.
LMU (26-19-1, 16-6 WCC) added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth when Lockin led-off the inning with a stand-up double off of the Blue Monster and later scored on Higashi's singled to left. McGill also chipped in an eighth-inning single through the left side to scored Higashi for the final 7-3 score.
Barrack received the loss for Pepperdine (19-23, 13-6 WCC) and fell to 7-3 on the season after giving up four earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. Friday's starting pitching match-up featured the WCC's two ERA leaders, as Kahn and Barrack were numbers one and two with ERAs both under 3.00.
With Lockin's third hit of the night, the senior moved into fifth place on LMU's all-time leaders in hits, as he has posted 260 hits in his four-year career. He finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs scored.
In addition to McGill's 3-for-5, two RBI performance, Santana went 3-for-4 with a run scored, and Higashi went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored.
LMU and Pepperdine will play game two of the three-game WCC series tomorrow at Page Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m.