Lions Fall at Santa Clara, 7-6
LMU took a one-run lead into the bottom of the seventh, but could not hold off the Broncos.
May 26, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The LMU baseball team (26-27, 13-10 WCC) dropped a one-run game at Santa Clara (26-27, 5-18 WCC) on Saturday despite carrying a one-run lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Lions trailed 5-0 after four innings, but scored twice in the fifth and four times in the seventh to take a 6-5 advantage at the seventh inning stretch. The Broncos punched right back in the seventh, scoring twice and holding on to defeat LMU to even the season series at a game apiece.
The LMU defense struggled behind the pitching staff on Saturday, committing a pair of costly errors that resulted in four unearned runs. LMU starter Trevor Megill was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (three earned) on nine hits over 6.2 innings of work. The right-hander fell to 5-8 with the loss. Max Deering earned the victory for Santa Clara, tossing a scoreless inning of relief, including inducing an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and one out to stop the bleeding in LMU's four-run seventh. The victory moved Deering to 3-2, while Paul Twining recorded his eighth save of the year with two scoreless frames.
Junior Matt Lowenstein had a solid day out of the leadoff spot for LMU, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI, including a bases-clearing three-RBI triple with the bases loaded in the seventh. The reigning WCC Player of the Week fell a homer shy of the cycle. Freshman Mitchell Esser also had three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Quinton Perry led the Santa Clara offense out of the designated hitter spot, going 3-for-4 with his fifth homer of the year and two RBI. Andrew Biancardi and Stephen Takahashi also had multiple RBI, with each contributing a two-out two-RBI double in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Biancardi's double brought home a pair of unearned runs after Kyle Raubinger committed an error on a sacrifice bunt earlier in the inning.
Trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh, Santa Clara scored two more unearned runs to reclaim the lead at 7-6. A two-out walk from Megill opened the door for the inning, as Biancardi followed with a single to left field to put runners at the corners. With Ryan Hawthorne now on the hill for LMU, Joey Boney kicked a ground ball at shortstop, allowing the game-tying run to scamper home and Biancardi to move into second base, setting the table for what proved to be the game-winning RBI-single off the bat of Perry.
LMU and Santa Clara will conclude the 2012 season tomorrow with a game at 1 p.m.