May 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The LMU baseball team (24-26, 12-9 WCC) trailed 3-2 headed into the bottom of the ninth, but heroics from a pair of seniors on Senior Day guided LMU to a 4-3 walk-off victory over Pepperdine (32-20, 14-7 WCC) on Sunday. Senior Nick Devian contributed the game-winner, lacing a single with the bases loaded into right field to bring home senior Shon Roe and freshman Tanner Donnels. The walk-off victory is the second of the year for LMU after walking off on Long Beach State on April 17 by a count of 5-4.
Devian finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, while Donnels and Colton Plaia each had two hits and a run scored. Roe picked a wonderful time to collect his only hit of the game, doubling off the wall in the bottom of the ninth to set the table for Devian's walk-off.
Senior John Lally got the start and pitched well, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out four and not factoring in the decision. Junior Bret Dahlson dealt one scoreless frame before sophomore Bret Dahlson tossed 1.2 scoreless to earn the victory and improve to 3-3 after the heroic ninth.
Michael Swanner took the loss for Pepperdine, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over a third of an inning to fall to 2-3. Corey Miller was stellar in the start for the Waves, tossing seven innings and allowing just two runs with five strikeouts before getting a no decision. Tony Cooper and Sam Meyer each had multiple hits for the Waves, with Cooper finishing 3-for-5 and Meyer 4-for-5.
After three scoreless frames of play, Pepperdine got on the board with a run in the fourth to take an early 1-0 lead. Meyer doubled to start the inning before eventually coming in to score on a RBI-single off the bat of Miles Silverstein.
The Waves extended the lead to 3-0 by way of two runs in the seventh, including an unearned run charged to Lally when David Edwards made an error at shortstop. Zach Vincej got the inning started with a double before a sacrifice bunt and a single from Cooper brought home the first run. The fielding error loaded the bases on the ensuing play, setting the table for a Floyd Given sacrifice fly to centerfield to cap the scoring run.
The Lions finally got on the board in the seventh, scoring once to cut the deficit to 3-1. One-out singles from Plaia and Donnels put runners at the corners before Roe added to his already program-best mark with a sacrifice fly to bring home Plaia - his 21st sacrifice fly of his career.
LMU got within a run in the eighth at 3-2, loading the bases with nobody out and scoring a run on a groundout off the bat of Zac Fujimoto. The senior magic came alive in the ninth as Donnels reached with a leadoff single and sped into third on the double off the wall from Roe. After a walk to Kyle Raubinger, Devian shot the game-winner into right field to bring home Donnels and Roe as the Lions walked-off with a victory on Senior Day.
LMU will conclude the home portion of the 2012 season on Tuesday, hosting UC Riverside in a game at 3 p.m.