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Lions Close 2012 Season with Victory, Beat Santa Clara 4-2

Senior Shon Roe homered in his last collegiate at bat on Sunday at Santa Clara.

Senior Shon Roe homered in his last collegiate at bat on Sunday at Santa Clara.

May 27, 2012

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -

May 27, 2012 - LMU 4, SCU 2 Get Acrobat Reader

The LMU baseball team (27-27, 14-10 WCC) finished the 2012 season on a high note, defeating Santa Clara (26-28, 5-19 WCC) by a score of 4-2 on Sunday at Santa Clara's Schott Stadium. LMU scored three times in the fifth before senior Shon Roe homered in his final collegiate at bat in the eighth.

For Roe, the homer was his fourth of the year. Freshman Tanner Donnels led the LMU offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI.

Scott Harkin and Matt Lowenstein contributed back-to-back doubles to leadoff the three-run fifth before a sacrifice fly from Zac Fujimoto and a RBI-single from Donnels capped the scoring run.

Justin Grijalva got an emergency start when scheduled starter John Lally was unable to go. The left-hander tossed three scoreless and hitless innings, walking three, before lefty Sean Buckle tossed three scoreless frames. The freshman earned the victory to improve to 1-0 on the year. Junior Aaron Griffin surrendered a run over two frames before sophomore Bret Dahlson gave up a run in the ninth inning but locked-up his 11th save of the year by striking out Andrew Biancardi with the bases loaded and two out. The 11 saves rank second all time in the single-season record book, while his 11 career saves rank fifth. Despite limiting Santa Clara to five hits, LMU's pitching staff struggled with the strike zone on Sunday, allowing nine walks and three hit batsmen.

Greg Harisis finished 2-for-2 with a RBI and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot for Santa Clara. Lucas Herbst collected the only other RBI, posting a RBI-single in the ninth inning to bring home Stephen Takahashi and make things interesting down the stretch. Senior James Smith got the start and took the loss on Senior Day, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over 4.2 innings to fall to 3-1.

LMU finished the year with an even 27-27 overall record and a 14-10 mark in the WCC - good for a tie for third.

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