#23 LMU Stays Hot at Bakersfield
LMU defeated CSU Bakersfield, 8-2, on Wednesday night.
Looking to stretch its win streak to four games on Wednesday night, #23 LMU (32-14) posted an 8-2 victory over CSU Bakersfield (26-19) from Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif. The Lions received a strong pitching performance from freshman Giuseppe Benedetti, and the offense collected the eight runs on 11 hits, including a 2-for-4 night from Billy Wilson that included two runs scored, a triple and two RBI.
Benedetti tossed the first 6.0 frames, allowing one unearned run on six hits to record his first career quality start. For his efforts, the right-hander picked up the win and moved to 3-0 on the season. Codie Paiva and Ted Boeke each threw one scoreless inning of relief to send LMU to the ninth, where Niko Decolati finished the game on the hill.
In addition to Wilson, LMU received two-hit nights from Phil Caulfield, Spencer Erdman and Steven Chavez. Erdman has now hit safely in a season-best 14 straight contests, while Caulfield stretched his streak to six. The multi-hit game was Caulfield’s 22nd of the season.
LMU wasted no time getting on the board, posting a pair of runs on four hits and one error, including an RBI-single from Jamey Smart.
The two-run first held up all the way into the seventh, when LMU stretched the lead to 4-0 with two more runs. Wilson led off the frame with a single before a sacrifice bunt and a single through the left side from Caulfield left runners at the corners with only one out. LMU scored the two runs without having to put the ball in play, as two passed balls charged to catcher Jake Ortega allowed both runs to score.
After CSUB scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh, the Lions plated four more in the eighth to blow the game open and take an 8-1 advantage. Wilson had the big hit in the frame, driving a two-RBI triple into the right field corner and ultimately scoring on the same play when he sprinted for the plate on an appeal of first to see if he missed the bag. The triple was Wilson’s WCC-leading sixth of the season.
Down to its final strike in the ninth, the ‘Runners managed to push one final run across when Christian Deaton laced an RBI-double into left field to run the tally to its final of 8-2.
LMU will return to WCC play on Friday when it opens a three-game conference series at Gonzaga at 6 p.m.
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