Lions Fall to UCLA, 6-2
LMU surrendered six runs over the first two innings in the loss.
April 30, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (21-24) surrendered four runs in the first inning and two in the second en route to falling 6-2 to UCLA (23-18) on Wednesday in mid-week action from UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Senior Sean Dovel guided the Lion offense, finishing 3-for-4 with his third home run of the season. Michael Glomb and Matt Koch each collected a single in the loss, extending their hitting streaks to 15 and eight games, respectively. T.J. Bernardy batted 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.
Junior Ernie Cho got the start and took the loss for LMU, allowing six runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one batter over an inning and a third. Senior Nate Keadle dealt an inning and two-thirds scoreless before Andy Beal tossed the next three relief innings for the Lions, striking out two batters. Russell Lowell and Chris Eusebio teamed to pitch the final two innings on the hill, allowing only one runner over the span.
Brady Dolan guided the UCLA offense, collecting a bases-loaded triple to drive in three runs on the night. Senior Alden Carrithers chipped-in a hit and two RBI, while Brandon Crawford also belted a three-bagger in the win.
Left-hander Matt Grace pitched four and a third innings in his first collegiate start for the Bruins, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three hitters. Jason Novak, who improved to 1-0 after earning the victory, tossed the next three and two-thirds of scoreless relief, surrendering one hit and two walks while punching out three hitters. Rob Rasmussen finished the game on the hill for UCLA, contributing the final scoreless inning of work.
UCLA put four runs on the board in the first inning, highlighted by Dolan's three-RBI triple with the bases loaded. A single and two walks loaded the bases with two outs, setting the table for Dolan's shot down the left field line on the first pitch he saw in the at bat. Senior Mickey Weisser followed with a RBI-single on the ensuing play, quickly putting the Bruins ahead by a count of 4-0.
LMU answered for its first run of the game in the second inning. Dovel took it upon himself to put the Lions on the board, jumping on a 2-1 pitch and sending a leadoff solo-shot over the wall in left field for his third round-tripper of the 2008 campaign.
The Bruins refused to surrender momentum, plating their final two runs of the game in the bottom of the second. Brent Dean led things off with a single before moving to second on a walk. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Carrithers came up with the two-RBI single on the very next play.
The Lions scored one last run in the fifth inning before grounding into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the frame. A one-out single by Bernardy got things rolling before Jonathan Johnson singled to put runners at first and second. Glomb made it three straight hits with a RBI-single on the ensuing play, driving in the final Lion run of the game. After a stolen base and a walk loaded the bases, Novak entered and induced an inning-ending double play to shortstop off the bat of Koch to end the threat.
LMU out-hit the Bruins 7-6 in the game. The Lions are now 20-3 when out-hitting opponents this season.
LMU will return to action on Friday as it hosts Santa Clara in game one of a three-game West Coast Conference series over the weekend. Friday's game is slated to have a 3 p.m. first pitch, while Saturday and Sunday will start at 1 p.m.