Lions Muster Just One Run at Long Beach State, Fall 3-1
LMU managed just one run en route to dropping a 3-1 decision on Tuesday.
April 30, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (21-23) managed just one run over the course of a 3-1 loss to Long Beach State (21-21) on Tuesday at Long Beach State's Blair Field. The Lions mustered five hits, but received a solid effort on the mound to keep things close.
A week after tossing the second no-hitter in program history, senior Matt Florer dealt 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. The left-hander took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year. Freshman Michael Silva and sophomore Sean Buckle combined to pitch 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, with Buckle striking out the side in the eighth.
Long Beach State, which collected three runs on 10 hits, was led by Juan Avila who finished 3-for-4. Zach Miller, who earned the start behind the plate, finished 2-for-2 with the biggest hit of the game, a two-RBI single in the second inning to hand the Dirtbags a 2-0 lead.
After LMU plated its lone run in the fourth, Long Beach State reclaimed the two-run cushion in the sixth, scoring once on a wild pitch from Silva that got through the legs of Colton Plaia behind the plate.
LBSU starter Ryan Millison earned the victory during the staff day, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out three to improve to 3-1 on the year. Eddie Magallon went the next 1.1 scoreless innings, followed by Landon Hunt for a third of a frame. Jon Maciel finished the game on the hill for the Dirtbags, tossing the final 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, including striking out six hitters, to earn his fifth save of the year.
LMU will look to snap a season-high four-game skid on Thursday at 3 p.m. when it welcomes BYU to Page Stadium to open a three-game WCC series that will kick off a seven-game homestand to conclude regular season play.