Six-Run Fourth Sinks Lions at UC Riverside
UC Riverside scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a lead it would not relinquish.
May 13, 2014
UC Riverside (23-24) scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a lead it would not relinquish en route to defeating LMU (28-21) by a count of 9-6 on Tuesday at the Riverside Sports Complex. The game was the final midweek contest of the regular season for LMU, and its first game played since May 4.
The Lions got on the board first on Tuesday, as Austin Miller and David Fletcher each extended their hitting streaks to eight games with singles to start the ballgame before coming around to score on a costly error charged to Joe Chavez and a sacrifice fly from Jimmy Jack. Miller and Fletcher each collected two hits, with Fletcher going 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Fellow freshman Ted Boeke also collected two hits out of the ninth spot in the order, going 2-for-3 with an RBI-single in the sixth. Senior Cole Trezek made the most of his one hit in the loss, punching a two-RBI single into centerfield to plate LMU's final two runs in the ninth.
Both teams utilized a staff day on the mound, with each throwing six pitchers. Senior Carlos Fuentes got the start for LMU, lasting just 1.1 innings and allowing a run on one hit and three walks while hitting two. LMU walked a total of four batters and hit four more on Tuesday. Left-hander Brenton Arriaga was tagged with the loss and fell to 4-4 after allowing six runs on five hits over two innings of work.
UC Riverside's Angel Landazuri allowed three unearned runs over the first two innings before not factoring in the decision. Cody Rogina was strong as the first reliever out of the pen for UCR, throwing three scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out four en route to improving to 1-0 with the victory.
Thomas Walker and Francisco Tellez guided the Highlander offense, both finishing with multiple hits and RBI. Walker went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a pair of doubles and two RBI, while Tellez recorded three RBI as part of a 2-for-4 day that included a double.
Trailing 3-2 headed into the fourth, UC Riverside exploded for the six-run inning. The Highlanders, who got their leadoff man on in seven of the eight offensive innings on Tuesday, received a leadoff hit-by-pitch before Matthew Ellis bunted into a fielder's choice for the first out. A single and a second hit-by-pitch loaded the bases before Devyn Bolasky laced a two-RBI single through the right side to bring home the first two runs and hand UCR the lead. Walker followed with a two-RBI hit of his own, shooting a double off the wall in left field to chase Arriaga, before Tellez capped the scoring run with a two-RBI double off of Tim Peabody into right centerfield two batters later.
The two teams traded a run in the sixth as Boeke singled hom e David Edwards before Nick Vilter laced an RBI-double off the wall in left to plate David Andriese.
LMU did manage to score two runs in the ninth after Fletcher and Donnels, who doubled earlier in the inning, came around to score on the two-RBI single from Trezek, but the rally was not enough to force a bottom of the ninth.
LMU will finish the regular season this weekend when it travels to Pacific for a three-game West Coast Conference series starting on Friday at 6 pm.