Lions Come Out Rusty, Commit Five Errors in 11-3 Setback
The LMU baseball team committed a season-high five errors on Wednesday.
May 15, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (22-26) came out rusty after a 10-day hiatus from play, committing a season-high five errors en route to dropping an 11-3 decision to UC Santa Barbara (29-21) on Wednesday at LMU's Page Stadium. The five errors were the most committed by the Lions since making five against UC Irvine on February 20, 2010.
LMU allowed all 11 runs over the first four innings of play, with starter Matt Florer taking the loss after tossing 2.1 innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks. With the decision, Florer fell to 2-3. Lefty Brandon Horth also suffered the misfortune of the LMU defense behind him, allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits.
After Horth, the LMU bullpen seemed to find its groove, with five relievers each tossing a scoreless inning of relief, including seniors Justin Grijalva and Sean McIntyre in the final two frames. Those five relievers allowed just one combined hit and a walk over the final five innings.
Freshman Justin Jacome got the start and earned the victory for UCSB, dealing 6.1 innings and allowing one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out two to improve to 5-3. Jared Wilson and Campbell Wear also appeared for the Gauchos, with Wilson allowing a pair of runs over 1.2 innings.
Jackson Morrow paced the Gaucho offense with a 2-for-3 day that included four RBI. Cameron Newell had three hits, while Marc Venning doubled and scored three runs.
Sophomore Chris Barnett had a career day for LMU, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI, while seniors Colton Plaia (2-for-5) and Cullen Mahoney (3-for-5) each collected multiple hits. Mahoney's three-hit day also included a double, a triple and a RBI.
Venning highlighted the three-run second inning for UCSB, shooting a RBI-double down the left field line, before the Gauchos added four runs in both the third and fourth. Morrow contributed a two-RBI single in the third before adding a RBI-single in the fourth to accompany a RBI-triple from Tyler Kuresa.
LMU's lone three runs came in the bottom of the seventh, with Barnett singling up the middle to drive in Cole Trezek and put the Lions on the board. Mahoney followed with a RBI-single later in the inning before a strikeout and a wild pitch with two out and runners at the corners allowed the final Lion run to scamper home.
LMU will look to get back on track at home in a "must-win" game against Santa Clara on Friday at 3 p.m.