Lions Win Fifth Straight
LMU hangs on for 11-10 victory over CSUN in Page Stadium's final regular season home game.
May 11, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - Playing its fourth game in three days, Loyola Marymount baseball endured a just under four hour slugfest with Cal State Northridge at Page Stadium Tuesday afternoon. The Lions, who scored nine runs in the first three innings, defeated CSUN 11-10 in the non-conference match-up.
With the game knotted at nine-all in the eighth, Joe Frazee drove in the go-ahead run with a base hit to left and James Cooper set the Lions ahead by two with a sac fly. Clint McGill then earned the save in the ninth, taking the mound with runners on second and third with no outs.
The Lions improved to 31-20-1 on the season, while CSUN fell to 16-34.
Frazee and Jonathan Higashi gave the Lions the early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Higashi hit his fourth homerun of the season after Frazee singled through the right side. The shot sailed just over the 365 mark on the wall in leftcenter in the senior's final regular season game at Page Stadium.
Senior Matt Cova, getting his third straight Tuesday and third career start, retired the side in the top of the second, striking out Nick Mahin and getting Mark McCauley and Raymond Ravago to fly-out.
Chris Pettit started a huge second inning for the Lions with a single through the right side. He moved to second when A.J. LaMonda reached first on an error by CSUN shortstop Ravago. Jonathan Oller was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and set up the RBI single off the bat of senior Brady Koch. Billy Lockin brought in two runs when he singled down the right field line to score Oller and LaMonda. Frazee then took one down the opposite foul line and scored Koch, forcing CSUN to go to Eddy Camacho out of the bullpen. Higashi welcomed Camacho with a sacrifice fly that scored Lockin, and Frazee crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give the Lions the 8-0 advantage.
Scoring for the third straight inning, LMU went up by nine when Lockin's single to left scored Koch, who had singled through the left side.
But the Matadors came up with a big inning of their own, scoring seven runs on six hits in the fifth inning. Six of those runs were charged to Jackson Creighton, who had come on to pitch for Daniel Macias in the fourth. The seventh run was charged to Blake Feaser, who shared the fifth inning duties with Creighton, before giving way to Bueno, who worked for 2.1 innings of the staff day.
CSUN climbed its way to a tie ballgame after adding two more runs on three hits in the sixth.
The Lions took the lead back in the bottom of the eighth beginning with Koch, who had a lead-off single to left and later scored when Frazee singled to second base. James Cooper's sacrifice fly later scored Lockin for the 11-9 lead heading into the top of the ninth.
The Matadors threatened in the top of the ninth when Alberto Quintana led-off with a single and Michael Paulk followed with a double. The Lions moved McGill from second base to the mound, and though he got John Voita to groundout to second, it allowed Quintana to score from third. But McGill went on to strikeout his next two batters in Jesse Perez and Mahin to preserve the 11-10 victory and earn his fourth save of the season.
Jimmy Brettl suffered the loss for the Matadors after throwing three innings and allowing one run on five hits. He falls to 0-4 on the season.
CSUN was led by Paulk, who went 4-for-4 with two runs scored.
Koch led the Lions with a 4-for-4 effort at the plate. The senior added three runs scored and one RBI. Frazee and Lockin each went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a combined five RBI. It was Lockin's second 3-for-5 effort in as many games.
Senior Kevin Jenson (2-1) earned the win for the Lions after facing a batter in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Tuesday's match-up marked the final regular season home game for the Lions, but Page Stadium will host the 2004 WCC Championship series Memorial Day weekend after LMU clinched the Coast Division title Monday at Saint Mary's.
After playing their fourth game in three days, the Lions will enjoy some much needed rest for the next week, as LMU will not return to game action until next Tuesday, May 18 at CSUN for game two of the home-and-home series. First pitch in Northridge is slated for 3:00 p.m.
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