Plaia Collects First LMU Homer of Year, BYU Tops LMU 8-3
LMU dropped the opening game to BYU by a count of 8-3.
May 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Colton Plaia belted LMU's first home run of the year on Thursday, but the Lions (21-24, 9-10 WCC) dropped the opening game of a three-game West Coast Conference series to BYU (23-17, 9-7 WCC) by a count of 8-3 at LMU's Page Stadium. The homer snapped a streak of 1,473 at bats without a round-tripper, dating back to the end of last season.
Plaia finished the game 2-for-4, while fellow senior Matt Lowenstein also went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Sophomore Colin Welmon got the start and took the loss, allowing three runs on 11 hits over 6.2 innings of work. The decision dropped Welmon to 5-4 on the season.
Right-hander Desmond Poulson went the distance for BYU, allowing just three runs on seven hits over nine frames to improve to 6-1. His offense backed him in a big way, collecting eight runs on 18 hits, including three apiece from Jacob Hannemann, Brock Whitney and Dakota Hernandez. Hannemann went 3-for-6 with three runs scored, a double and three RBI out of the leadoff spot. The speedster also stole two bases, guiding BYU to four steals on the day.
LMU wasted no time earning an early lead, scoring once in the bottom of the first to push the tally to 1-0. Lowenstein led things off with his seventh triple of the year before coming around to score on a RBI-groundout from Cullen Mahoney two pitches later.
The Cougars drew back even in the top of the third when Trace Hansen delivered a RBI-single down the left field line to bring home Hannemann. Hannemann reached on a fielder's choice before stealing second base for his seventh steal of the year to set the table for Hansen.
After BYU plated the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Adam Law to bring in Hannemann, LMU responded for the equalizer in the bottom of the sixth. Mahoney got the sixth going with a double down the right field line before he eventually came in to score on a RBI-single from David Edwards with the infield drawn in on the grass.
Answering right back in the top of the seventh, BYU reclaimed the lead at 3-2 when Whitney connected on an off-speed pitch and delivered it off the Mikos Blue Monster in left field to bring home Law. The speedy third baseman had reached earlier in the inning when he dribbled a ball into the hole at shortstop where it was bobbled by Edwards. Law then put himself in scoring position by successfully stealing on a pitch out and beating the throw from Plaia.
BYU added to the lead in the eighth, extending the deficit to three at 5-2 by way of a pair of runs. After Hayden Nielsen reached on a fielder's choice with two out, the shortstop stole second and came in to score on a Hannemann double to right field. Carlos Fuentes entered from the LMU bullpen after the double and was welcomed by a RBI-single on the first pitch he threw to Hansen to cap the scoring run.
The Cougars added three more insurance runs headed into the bottom of the ninth, highlighted by a leadoff homer from Jacob Brugman. Plaia broke up the homerless streak in the bottom of the ninth for LMU, belting a homer with one out to run the tally to its final of 8-3.
LMU and BYU will continue the series tomorrow at 3 p.m.