Cordova Strikes Out 14 as Lions Hold On for a 3-1 Victory.

May 17, 2003

Box Score

Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount's Vince Cordova was brilliant in a 3-1 victory over Portland, Saturday afternoon at Page Stadium. LMU has now won nine of its last 11 games over the Pilots dating back to last season. The Lions up their record to 25-30 overall, 12-17 in the West Coast Conference, while Portland drops to 9-42-1 overall, 5-23-1 in the league. The Pilots have won just two of their last 23 games.

Cordova earned the victory upping his mark to 6-6 on the season, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out 14 and walking three in 7.1 innings pitched. He was also dominant in his first outing against the Pilots this season, on March 14. During a 6-0 victory, Cordova threw his first career complete-game shutout, striking out nine and walking only one.

The Lions took the initial lead after Joe Frazee tripled to left-centerfield with one out in the bottom of the second inning. Lion sophomore Carl Stoeber followed with a single, staking LMU to a 1-0 lead.

LMU scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, aided by a Pilot error. After Jonathan Oller led off the frame with a double and Chris Pettit walked, Frazee advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Stoeber lifted a pitch to rightfield, but Portland's Kory Casto dropped the ball, allowing Oller to race home. LMU freshman James Cooper followed with a groundout to plate Pettit.

With the Lions scoring, Cordova was cruising. Through six innings, the junior from Whittier, Calif., had allowed just five hits, while striking out 13 and walking only one.

Cordova finally ran into trouble in the top of the eighth inning. After giving up a leadoff triple Tyler Perkins, Cordova walked consecutive batters to load the bases. Cordova was able to strikeout his final batter of the afternoon, before being relieved by Joshua Muecke.



Unfortunately for LMU, Muecke walked Brock Griffin to force in Perkins. The Lions escaped any further damage as pinch-hitter Mike McRae grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Cordova missed Sandor Demosthenes' single-game school record of 16 strikeouts, posted versus Gonzaga on April 19, 1996.

Muecke continued to struggle finding the strike zone in the ninth, surrendering a leadoff single and walking two to load the bases with one out. With a full count, Portland's Rob Seffens fouled off four consecutive pitches before looking at a called third strike. Casto also worked a full count, but struckout as well, handing Muecke his second save of the season.

Portland's Jared Adams (1-5) pitched well in defeat, allowing just two earned runs eight hits, while striking out and walking one.

LMU and Portland will play their final game of the season tomorrow at 1 p.m. The occasion will also mark the final appearance for Lion seniors Justin Abreu and Joe Silva at Page Stadium.


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