Jamey Smart belted a two-run home run to hand LMU a 2-0 lead after one inning, but the Lions (21-27, 12-12 WCC) managed just one more hit the rest of the way en route to suffering a 5-2 setback and a series sweep at the hands of Santa Clara (25-24, 11-13 WCC) on Sunday from Stephen Schott Stadium.
FERNANDEZEES TAGGED WITH LOSS: Freshman CJ Fernandezees gave LMU a chance as the Lion starter, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts over 4.1 innings ... Jake Brodt did the damage that cost Fernandezees a loss and dropped him to 1-3, launching a solo homer in the first and adding sacrifice flies in the third and fifth innings.
BOX SCORE NOTES: Santa Clara started 10 of their 13 seniors in the victory ... Alex Barden earned the victory after allowing just the two runs on two hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 5.0 innings of work ... Barden moved to 1-2 with the decision ... Anthony Geremia and Joe Becht each had two hits for the Broncos, with Geremia scoring twice ... Ryan McCarthy made the most of his one at bat, lacing a two-RBI double off the wall in left field to add some insurance in the eighth inning ... outside of Smart, Niko Decolati and Brandon Shearer also posted a hit.
LION NOTES: LMU was swept for the first time this season ... the three hits are the second-fewest for the Lions this year (2 vs. USC, 4/18) ... LMU has now lost five of the last six, nine of the last 13, and 15 of the last 23.
JOURNEY TO THE TOURNEY: Pepperdine, which dropped the final game to Saint Mary's on Sunday, is in first place at 16-8, followed by Gonzaga and Saint Mary's at 14-10, and San Francisco at 15-12. LMU, now at 12-12, will have to sweep Saint Mary's next weekend to earn a spot in the WCC Championship Tournament.
ON DECK: LMU will play a non-conference game against Grand Canyon on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has four home games remaining to be played at Page Stadium. New ticket plans start at $50 for a General Admission season ticket, while Reserved season tickets can be purchased for $99. Members of LMU's Little Lions Club also get into all LMU home baseball games as part of the membership, while students, faculty and staff with a valid One Card also receive free General Admission access to every home game. Reserved season tickets behind home plate include a nameplate on your chair identifying your seat(s). Fans can also package a mini plan to include any five home games this year, with prices starting at $30. To purchase season tickets, mini plans or single-game tickets, please contact the LMU Box Office at 310-338-5466 or visit LMULions.com/tickets.
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