Lions #2 Seed in WCC Championship
LMU will take the #2 seed into the WCC Championship on Thursday after a loss on Sunday.
May 18, 2014
STOCKTON, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (30-22, 17-10 WCC) will carry the #2 seed into the West Coast Conference Championship Tournament on Thursday after dropping a 6-2 decision to Pacific (26-26, 15-12 WCC) on Sunday at Pacific's Klein Family Field.
LMU will now open WCC Tournament play with a game against Gonzaga (the #3 seed) on Thursday at 7 pm. Pepperdine will open play with a game against Santa Clara, who walked-off on Saint Mary's in the bottom of the ninth to earn a berth into the tournament.
Freshman Will Lydon was outstanding for Pacific in the victory, allowing just two runs on eight hits over 7.1 innings. The right-hander struck out six and surrendered both of the runs in the eighth inning. With the victory, Lydon improved to 3-4 on the year, handing his senior teammates a victory in their final home game of their careers.
LMU freshman J.D. Busfield took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits, falling to 0-2 with the decision.
Taylor Murphy did the majority of the damage for Pacific on Sunday, finishing 3-for-5 with a run scored, a home run, a double and four RBI. The homer was his fifth of the year.
Pacific got on the board first on Sunday with a run in the bottom of the second. A single from Erik Lockwood was followed by a double from John Haberman, setting the table for an RBI-groundout from JJ Wagner. The Tigers managed six doubles on Sunday, including a pair from Brett Sullivan.
The Tigers posted four extra-base hits in the fourth inning, including the two-run shot from Murphy, en route to claiming a 4-0 lead after five. Murphy finished his stellar day in the sixth, collecting a two-RBI double down the left field line with the bases loaded to blow the game open at 6-0.
The Lions managed to make things interesting in the eighth, scoring twice on three hits and bringing the tying run to the plate. Tanner Donnels delivered an RBI-double to bring home the first run before an error charged to shortstop Brett Sullivan allowed the second run to score. LMU eventually loaded the bases with two out, but senior Kevin Garcia hit a comebacker to the mound that was handled by Vince Arobio to retire the side and end the threat.
LMU will open the WCC Championship Tournament on Thursday at 7 pm against Gonzaga. Pepperdine and Santa Clara will open the tournament on Thursday at 3 pm. All games will be played at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif.