Lions Split Pair of Decisions at Riverside
LMU won the continuation of the April 21 postponement but dropped a 16-6 decision in the regularly-scheduled game on Wednesday.
May 13, 2010
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - LMU (20-24) won the continuation of the April 21 postponement against UC Riverside (25-19) by a count of 11-10, but dropped a 16-6 decision in the regularly-scheduled game on Wednesday. The Lions held a 7-0 lead after three innings in the continuation and held-off an impressive comeback effort from UCR in the first game. The Highlanders exploded for 16 runs on 21 hits in the second game, including six hits from Tony Nix alone out of the leadoff spot. The 21 hits matched a season-high allowed by the Lions on April 16 at Portland, while the six hits to Nix were the most allowed by Lion pitching since Royce Fukuroko collected six for San Francisco on March 24, 2002.
Senior Brad Bauer paced the way in the first game, finishing 4-for-5 with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBI. Matt Koch and Alex Guthrie also homered in the game, but all four home runs came on April 21 before the continuation on Wednesday. Jonathan Johnson made the most of his one hit in the first game, collecting his seventh triple of the year. For Johnson, the triple was the 14th of his career, placing him tied for third all-time. In addition, the seven triples rank tied for fourth in the single-season record book.
UC Riverside scored one run in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth, two in the eighth and four more in the ninth before falling by one run. The Lions scored just four runs over the final six innings in that game, just enough to hold-off the rallying Highlanders.
Xavier Esquivel got the win in the first game, tossing five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out seven batters. The loss went to Eddie Orozco who allowed six runs (five earned) over two and two-thirds innings on April 21. Junior Chris Eusebio entered with a five-run lead, and the bases loaded with nobody out, in the ninth inning en route to allowing all three inherited runners to score and one of his own over the final frame. Despite the ninth-inning rally, Eusebio got out of the jam and earned his fourth save of the year.
Nix led the charge for UCR in the regularly-scheduled game, finishing with the six hits, two doubles, three runs scored and a RBI. Joey Gonzales contributed a 4-for-5 day with three runs scored and five RBI, while Justin Shults and Trevor Hairgrove chipped-in three hits. Hairgrove, hitting ninth in the order, collected three runs scored while Shults drove-in three and scored twice. Over the two games played, Nix went 9-for-10 with five runs scored, four doubles, a triple and four RBI.
Johnson and Ryan Hawthorne each had three hits in the second game, as both players scored a run. Matt Lowenstein, Colton Plaia and Nick Devian all had two hits as the Lions collected 13 in the game, but it was not enough to earn the victory. Ramiro Carreon took the loss after allowing 10 runs (eight earned) on 13 hits in four innings of work, including seven runs in the first inning alone. Trevor Frank tossed six innings, allowing three runs, en route to earning the victory. LMU managed three runs in the second and three more in the seventh before succumbing to victory.
The Lions will return to action on Friday when they open a three-game series with Pepperdine at 3 p.m.
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