LMU Ends the Season With a Three-Game Winning Streak
Lions outlast Portland 15-9 in season finale.
May 18, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount and Portland combined to score at least three runs in each of the first five innings during Sunday afternoon's match-up at Page Stadium. LMU won the slugfest 15-9, ending the season at 26-30 overall, 13-17 in the West Coast Conference, while the Pilots dropped to 9-43-1, 5-24-1 in the league. The victory sealed a six-game season sweep for LMU over the Pilots.
Both Joe Frazee and Jonathan Higashi had three hits for LMU, with a combined five RBI and six runs scored, while Joshua Whitesell drove in a game-high four runs. Stephen Kahn threw five shutout innings in relief for the Lions to up his mark to 5-4. The freshman allowed just three hits while striking out seven, including the side in the eighth inning.
After Portland's Kory Casto drew a two-out walk in the top of the first inning, Travis Vetters hammered a triple to rightfield, handing the Pilots their first lead of the season over LMU.
The Lions answered right back in the bottom of the frame with four runs. Portland starting pitcher Trent Kristjanson walked three of the first four Lions he faced, as 14 of his first 20 pitches were balls.
Whitesell worked a bases-loaded walk, forcing in Lockin, before freshman Chris Pettit grounded into a fielder's choice to plate Joe Frazee. LMU third baseman Jonathan Oller provided the big blow of the inning. The sophomore drilled a double to straightaway centerfield, scoring Higashi and Pettit.
With one out in the bottom of the second inning, Frazee and Higashi hit back-to-back singles, before Whitesell hit a three-run home run to centerfield. It was Whitesell's team-leading 15th home run of the season.
Not to be outdone, Casto provided a three-run home run of this own in the top of the third inning. It was Casto's team-leading 13th home run, as both he and Whitesell hit two homers in the three-game series.
LMU scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the third to up its advantage to 10-4. The frame was highlighted by a two-RBI triple by Frazee.
The first four Pilots of the fourth inning all singled and scored, narrowing the margin to 10-8, but it wasn't enough as Kristjanson dropped to 2-9.
The Pilots continued their comeback effort as Brock Griffin led off the fifth inning with his second home run of the season, bringing Portland to within 10-9. But after Joe Silva reached base to lead off the bottom of the frame, Lockin smashed a RBI double to left-centerfield. Lockin scored his fourth run of the game, to make the score 12-9, on a Higashi single.
The Lions added three insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings, as LMU won its final regular season game for the third straight year and posted the most wins since the 2000 team won 40 contests.