May 16, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount pounded out six extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs in a 14-5 victory over Portland, Friday afternoon at Page Stadium. LMU claimed its fourth straight win over the Pilots, after sweeping a three-game series against Portland earlier this year. In the four victories, the Lions' margin of victory is a staggering 9.25, averaging 12.25 runs on 14.5 hits.
Every Lion starter recorded a hit as LMU upped its record to 24-31 overall and 11-17 in the West Coast Conference. Portland dropped to 9-41-1, 5-22-1 in the league. The Lions have now won eight of their last 10 games against the Pilots over the past two seasons.
The Lions took a 2-0 lead as Billy Lockin and Joe Frazee led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and a walk, respectively. LMU catcher Jonathan Higashi doubled to right-centerfield to plate Lockin, while Frazee later scored on a Stephen Ball wild pitch.
Portland tied the game in the top of the third inning after Tyler Perkins doubled to lead off the frame. Pilot designated hitter Jarod Grubb followed with a RBI single. After Brock Griffin drew a two-out walk, Travis Vetters singled to leftfield. Nick Kosach tied the game, driving in Griffin, with the Pilots fourth hit of the inning.
After Higashi hit his second double of the game, with one out in the bottom of inning, Joshua Whitesell hit a towering home run to deep rightfield, handing LMU a 4-2 advantage. It was Whitesell's team-leading 14th homer of the season.
The Lions added to their lead as Joe Silva hit a sacrifice fly ball to score Lion freshman Chris Pettit, who had reached earlier in the inning on Portland's second error of the game.
Lockin scored his second run of the game, in the fourth inning after Higashi grounded out. LMU upped its lead to 7-2 as Pettit hit his second triple of the season driving in Whitesell, who had singled sharply earlier.
With one out in the fifth inning, Silva, Matt White and Lockin hit consecutive singles, chasing Ball from the game. Pilot relief pitcher Joe Jones didn't fare much better, allowing a single to Frazee before hitting Higashi and White with pitches, driving in two more runs.
The Lions scored three additional runs in the stanza upping their advantage to 13-2, as LMU sent 10 hitters to the plate. Ball was charged with the loss, dropping to 2-6 on the season, while Jones lasted just two-thirds on an inning, allowing three runs on one hit. Jones also walked one and hit two more, while throwing a pair of wild pitches.
Portland's Kory Casto hit his team-leading 12th home run of the season to lead off the seventh inning. It was just the third run allowed by LMU starting pitcher Kyle Huddy, who scattered 10 hits to up his record to 5-6 on the season. Huddy struckout seven and walked three in seven innings pitched during the victory.
Casto added a two-RBI double in the eighth, narrowing the margin, but it wasn't enough to avoid the Pilots' ninth straight loss. Portland has won just two of their last 22 games.
LMU's Jonathan Oller hit his 13th home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth. It was the sophomore's fifth homer this year against the Pilots after hitting a pair of grand slams and solo home runs during the sweep in Portland.
The two teams will play the second game of their series tomorrow at 1 p.m., followed by the season and series finale on Sunday at Page Stadium.