Complete-Game Effort Guides Gonzaga to Sweep of Lions
Jeremy Stumetz tossed his first complete game of the year on Sunday.
May 23, 2010
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga's Jeremy Stumetz tossed his first complete game of the year to guide the Bulldogs (20-32, 8-10) to a 6-1 victory over the Lions (22-29, 4-14) on Sunday. With the win, Gonzaga swept the three-game series with LMU.
Stumetz went the nine innings, allowing an unearned run on eight hits and one walk en route to claiming his fourth win of the season. The right-hander used just 109 pitches. Five Bulldog hitters collected two hits on Sunday, paced by Ernesto Ortiz and Steven Halcom with two hits and a pair of runs scored. Ortiz belted his third home run of the year in the game, while Billy Moon went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a double.
Matt Lowenstein once again led the Lion offense, batting 2-for-4 with a triple and the lone Lion run scored. Sophomore Shon Roe also collected a pair of hits in the loss for LMU. Martin Viramontes got the start and lasted six innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits and a walk before being tagged with his seventh loss of the year. Aaron Griffin finished the game for LMU, tossing two innings and allowing a run on two hits and a walk.
Gonzaga got on the board first in the bottom of the first, scoring twice on four hits. A Halcom single and a Mark Castellitto double put runners at second and third, setting the table for a RBI-single from Moon on the ensuing play. Chris Sturdivant followed with a double down the right field line to plate the final run of the inning.
Ortiz took it upon himself to extend the lead to 3-0 in the second. The right-handed hitter connected on a 2-0 pitch and delivered it over the wall in left field for his third homer of the season.
LMU scored its only run of the game in the fifth inning when Lowenstein tripled to centerfield with two out. Matt Koch followed with a hard-hit grounder to third base, where the ball hit off of Halcom and trickled away for an error, allowing Lowenstein to cross safely.
Gonzaga put the finishing touches on the game in the seventh, scoring three more times to run the tally to 6-1. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out before Castellitto contributed a RBI-groundout to plate the first run. Moon came up with the big blow in the frame, lining a double to left field to bring home the final two runs of the game.
LMU went in order in each of the final two frames en route to falling 6-1. Stumetz needed only six pitches to retire the Lions in the eighth, while he utilized just 10 more in the ninth.
The Lions will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Cal Poly for a game at 6 p.m.