Lions Salvage Series with Game Three Victory Over BYU, 2-1
The LMU baseball team earned a 2-1 victory in the series finale over BYU on Saturday.
May 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (22-25, 10-11 WCC) salvaged a game in the three-game series with BYU on Saturday, earning a 2-1 victory over the Cougars (24-18, 10-8 WCC) behind a two-run home run from David Edwards and another strong outing from junior Patrick McGrath.
McGrath went the first six innings, allowing just one run on six hits and three walks while striking out five. The right-hander worked out of a few jams, eventually tossing 101 pitches and improving to 4-2 with the victory. Junior Bret Dahlson entered in the seventh inning and went the final three scoreless frames, including striking out three hitters, to record his seventh save of the year.
Senior Matt Lowenstein finished 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot in the Lion order, but Edwards' first home run of the year proved to be the biggest swing on Saturday.
Right-hander Adam Miller got the start and took the loss for BYU, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk over six innings. The decision dropped Miller to 3-7 on the year.
After both teams were unable to cash in on early opportunities, BYU broke the stalemate with a run in the top of the fifth. Dakota Hernandez contributed his first extra-base hit of the year to start the frame, shooting a triple past the bag at first with the defense shifted toward left centerfield. Hayden Nielsen wasted no time making good on the opportunity, lining a RBI-single into centerfield to put the first run of the game on the board and collect his 10th RBI of the year.
Edwards handed LMU the 2-1 lead it would not relinquish in the bottom of the sixth, belting his first career home run, a two-run shot, over the wall in right field. Zac Fujimoto singled on a 3-2 pitch in the previous at bat, setting the table for Edwards' go-ahead homer.
For LMU, the homer was the second of the series and the year after becoming the last Division I team to homer in 2013 on Friday. The victory, which kept LMU alive in the race for a spot in the WCC Championship Tournament, snapped a six-game losing streak for LMU.
The Lions will now take some time off from competition, returning to play on May 15 in a non-conference home game vs. UC Santa Barbara at 3 p.m.