May 18, 2004
Northridge, Calif. - Nine Lions combined for a season-high 18 hits as Loyola Marymount baseball defeated Cal State Northridge 13-6 at Matador Field for its sixth straight win Tuesday afternoon. The contest marked the final regular season mid-week match-up for both squads.
The Lions improved to 32-20-1, while CSUN fell to 16-38.
Jonathan Higashi, who had started things for the Lions last week against CSUN with his first inning two-run homerun, got things going once again Tuesday. His single through the right side scored Lockin, who had drawn the lead-off walk from CSUN starter Joe Rocchio. James Cooper then singled through the left side to score Higashi, giving the Lions the 2-0 first inning lead. A.J. LaMonda put up a fielder's choice ground ball to second that scored Clint McGill from third before ending the three-run first inning for the Lions.
Reigning WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week Will Quaglieri, getting his first Tuesday start since his first win of the season over then-No. 13 Cal State Fullerton on February 24, retired the side in the first two innings.
LaMonda extended the Lions' lead to four in the fourth when his fly to shallow left fell in for the one-out single, scoring Cooper, who had drawn the walk from CSUN reliever Scott Sistilli. Lockin continued the fourth-inning scoring for LMU, singling down the left field line to score Oller from second. With the single, Lockin extended his team-high hitting streak to 16 consecutive games. Frazee made it a 6-0 game when his single to center scored Brady Koch, who had been hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
Koch returned to the plate in the fifth to follow three consecutive LMU singles with a grand slam, scoring Pettit, LaMonda, and Oller for the 10-0 lead. The shot over the 325 mark on the left field wall was Koch's second of the season. It was the senior's first career grand slam.
Quaglieri threw five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out three, before giving way to junior Gabriel Bueno
out of the Lions' bullpen.
Lockin made the lead 11 when he placed one just inside the right field foul line for an RBI double, scoring Koch, who started the inning with a double off the wall in center. Higashi and Cooper followed, each putting up his own single to right to score two more runs for LMU.
CSUN pushed its first run of the game across in the bottom of the seventh when John Voita started the inning with a single and eventually scored when Raymond Ravago's fielder's choice plated him from third.
The Matadors added two runs on back-to-back doubles in the eighth.
Jamie Mah came on to pitch the ninth, making his first career appearance after redshirting his true freshman season in 2003 for the Lions. He allowed two runs on one hit, but secured the 13-6 win for LMU.
Quaglieri earned the win for LMU, improving to 5-6 on the season. Rocchio falls to 1-4 for CSUN.
Higashi and Koch led the Lions at the plate, each putting up 3-for-4 performances and combining for six RBI.
The Lions will next head to Spokane, Washington, for their final WCC regular season three-game series with Gonzaga. First pitch Friday is slated for 3:00 p.m.