Late-Inning Runs Sink Lions in Final Midweek

May 15, 2018

Box Score

Knotted at 3-3 headed to the seventh inning, Grand Canyon (30-22) broke out with a six-run frame to eventually run away with an 11-5 victory over LMU (21-28) in the final midweek game of the season on Tuesday night from LMU’s Page Stadium.

DECOLATI TIES GAME WITH HOMER: Grand Canyon got on the board with two runs in the first inning, and added one in the fourth to open up a 3-0 lead, but junior Niko Decolati got all three back on one swing, lacing a three-run home run out to right-centerfield in the bottom of the fifth. For Decolati, the home run was his fifth of the year.

SIX-RUN SEVENTH: GCU scored six runs on five hits in the seventh inning, turning a 3-3 tie into a 9-3 advantage. The Lions used three pitchers in the inning, beginning with Josh Robins. Robins allowed three straight hits to open the frame, including an RBI-double from Tyler Wyatt, before eventually surrendering a three-run home run to Quin Cotton. After Austin Carder walked the only two men he faced, Mark Finkelnburg walked one more to load the bases in front of a two-RBI single from Austin Bull to cap the scoring.

BOX SCORE NOTES: Grand Canyon scored 11 runs on 16 hits … all nine GCU starters finished with at least one hit, while five posted multiple hits … four different Lopes also managed multiple RBI … LMU used five pitchers, while GCU ran six to the mound … left-hander Sean Paquet logged the final 2.0 scoreless frames for LMU … Robins was charged with the loss and fell to 2-2 after allowing four runs on six hits over 2.1 innings of work … Nick Hull was credited with the win and moved to 1-1 after tossing a scoreless sixth inning.

 

 

LION NOTES: LMU has now lost six of the last seven, 10 of the last 14, and 16 of the last 24 … Billy Wilson, already the LMU all-time leader in hit-by-pitches, drew #51 of his career … with the loss, LMU finishes the season 3-9 in midweek games.

JOURNEY TO THE TOURNEY: Pepperdine 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 this weekend to earn a spot in the WCC Championship Tournament.

ON DECK: LMU will open a must-sweep three-game West Coast Conference series with Saint Mary’s on Friday at 6 p.m.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS: LMU still has three 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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