McGrath's Complete Game Guides Lions to 2-1 Victory in Pitcher's Duel
Patrick McGrath tossed his first career complete game on Saturday.
May 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU junior right-hander Patrick McGrath tossed his first career complete game on Saturday, guiding LMU (24-26, 12-11 WCC) to a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara (13-39, 0-23 WCC) in a pitcher's duel from LMU's Page Stadium.
McGrath went the distance and needed only 91 pitches to complete the game, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks while striking out six. The victory pushed McGrath's record to 5-2 on the season, while his ERA now stands at 2.43, including a 1.38 ERA against WCC opponents.
Mike Couch also tossed the complete game for Santa Clara, his fourth of the season, allowing just two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two over eight innings. The tough-luck loss dropped Couch to 4-9 on the year.
Just as it did on Friday, Santa Clara got on the board in the first inning, benefitting from a leadoff double from Justin Viele. The speedy shortstop came in to score the game's first run two batters later when C.J. Jacobe contributed a two-out bloop single into centerfield.
The Lions scored a two-out run of its own in the bottom of the third, evening the tally at one run apiece on a RBI-double inside the bag at first base off the bat of Cullen Mahoney. Matt Lowenstein came in on the play after collecting a single through the right side and scoring all the way from first.
LMU took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring on a wild pitch from Couch. Colton Plaia doubled off Mikos Blue Monster to start the inning before moving to third on a groundout off the bat of Chris Barnett. Couch nearly escaped the jam, but his 2-2 pitch to Cole Trezek skipped in at the feet of Trezek and ricochet off Zach Looney and down the third base line to allow Plaia to scamper home.
Santa Clara's biggest threat the rest of the way came in the top of the eighth as they put men on at first and second, but McGrath induced an inning-ending double play off the bat of Viele to third base where Kevin Garcia fielded his position, stepped on the bag and fired a strike to first.
LMU will conclude the 2013 season on Sunday when it honors its 10 graduating seniors as part of Senior Day at 1 p.m.