Lions Drop Series to BYU, Fall 3-2 in Game Two
LMU lost its sixth straight game overall, dropping a one-run decision to BYU.
May 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (21-25, 9-11 WCC) dropped a one-run decision to BYU (24-17, 10-7 WCC) on Friday, falling by a count of 3-2. For the second consecutive day, the Cougars received a complete game, this time tossed by right-hander Jeff Barker who improved to 4-3 with the victory.
Barker went all nine, allowing just two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight. Senior Aaron Griffin was also impressive for LMU, tossing 7.2 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out nine. With another tough-luck loss, Griffin fell to 3-5.
Senior Matt Lowenstein and junior Cole Trezek each had two hits for LMU, with Trezek going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Jacob Hannemann finished 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored out of BYU's leadoff spot, guiding the Cougars to victory.
BYU got on the board first in the third inning on Friday, plating a run on a sacrifice fly from Trace Hansen. Dakota Hernandez led the inning off with a single to third base before move to third on a double down the right field line off the bat of Hanneman, setting the table for the deep fly ball to score the run.
LMU answered back to even the tally in the bottom of the fourth, scoring once after benefitting from a leadoff walk to David Edwards. The Lions bunted the runner along before a walk and a RBI-single from Zac Fujimoto drove in the run and knotted the game at one run apiece.
The Cougars managed to push two more runs across in the top of the fifth, but Griffin and the Lions nearly escaped the frame unscathed. A leadoff single from Bret Lopez got the inning going before a sacrifice bunt was routed to second base too late, allowing both runners to safely advance. Hayden Nielsen loaded the bases on the ensuing play, shooting a single into right field, but Griffin induced a pair of ground balls that resulted in outs at the plate to keep the Cougars off the board in the meantime. Unfortunately for LMU, Adam Law punched a single up the middle to ensure that Griffin did not escape without any damage done. The second run, which proved to be the game-winner, came in to score moments later when Griffin fired a wild pitch through the legs of Colton Plaia to allow Hannemann to scamper home with BYU's third run of the game.
LMU punched right back in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the deficit to one run at 3-2. Trezek and Lowenstein got the inning going with singles to put runners at first and second before a pair of outs left runners at the corners with two down for Edwards. The sophomore shortstop answered the call, punching a single into centerfield to bring home Trezek and LMU's second run of the game, but that is all the offense could muster the rest of the way.
LMU will look to salvage a game and snap a six-game losing streak tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.