Lions Win Another Series, Take Down San Diego
LMU erased a 3-0 deficit to earn a series win and improve to 10-0-1 in weekend series this year.
Needing a win to secure another weekend series victory, LMU (30-14, 16-5 WCC) scored six runs on 11 hits and received a strong effort on the mound en route to posting a 6-3 victory over San Diego (28-14, 14-7 WCC) on Senior Day Sunday from LMU’s Page Stadium.
With the 2-1 series win, LMU is now 10-0-1 in weekend series this year.
The Lions scored their six runs in a variety of ways, eventually crossing the plate on a walk, a balk, a passed ball, a hit-by-pitch, and a pair of Spencer Erdman singles – one infield single, and one into centerfield.
Erdman finished the game 2-for-5 with the two RBI, including the game-tying RBI-single in the seventh inning to knot the game at 3-3. Sophomore Brandon Shearer went 3-for-4, while Billy Wilson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
On the mound, senior Blake Redman settled down nicely after allowing three runs over the first three frames. The right-hander eventually gave the Lions 6.1 innings, allowing just the three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts, but he took a no decision.
Freshman Braydon Salzman finished the game on the hill for LMU, retiring all eight batters he faced, including striking out the final two, to pick up the win and move to 3-1 on the year.
The Toreros took advantage of an error en route to scoring the game’s first run in the second, and added two more in the third on a double from Roman Garcia and a single from Colton Waltner.
LMU got one back in the bottom of the third when Wilson singled in front of a Cooper Uhl single to put two men aboard. Wilson would steal third, his 17th bag of the year, on the ensuing play, and eventually come in to score on a passed ball charged to Riley Adams.
The Lions inched to within a run in the sixth when Jamey Smart doubled, moved to third on a ground ball to the right side, and scored on a two-out balk charged to USD starter Paul Richan.
Still trailing by a run, LMU drew even in the seventh inning by way of a two-out rally. Richan, who struck out five in the game, punched out the first two he faced, but Joe Murray singled to keep the inning alive. Niko Decolati followed with a single of his own, setting the table for Erdman’s game-tying hit into centerfield.
The Lions claimed the lead in the bottom of the eighth, scoring three runs on two hits and one error, but no ball left the infield. The rally got going on a bunt single from Shearer, and he moved to second on an errant throw on that play. Jimmy Hill and Wilson followed with hit-by-pitches, loading the bases for Uhl. The freshman catcher hit into a force play at the plate, leaving the bags loaded for Murray. The native of Davis, Calif. drew a walk from lefty Troy Conyers, breaking the tie, before Decolati was hit in the helmet by a pitch to force in Wilson from third. Erdman capped the scoring run one play later, beating out an infield single to shortstop to run the tally to its eventual final of 6-3.
Conyers, who was tagged with three runs on one hit and a walk over 1.0 inning of work, dropped to 2-1 after being saddled with the loss.
LMU will take next week off from play due to finals and graduation, but will return to action on May 9 when it travels to UC Riverside for a game at 6 p.m. LMU’s final nine regular-season games will be played on the road as it pursues the first WCC Championship since 2000.
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