Garcia's Complete Game Beats Lions, 10-3

Freshman Alex Sachs tossed four quality relief innings on Friday.

Freshman Alex Sachs tossed four quality relief innings on Friday.

May 28, 2010

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Santa Clara's Nate Garcia tossed a complete game as LMU (22-32, 4-15) lost the first game of a three-game series to the Broncos (22-30, 7-12) on Friday afternoon by a count of 10-3. The Lions, who committed three errors on Friday, have now lost six straight games.

Garcia went all nine innings, allowing just three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters. He utilized 124 pitches and retired the final 14 hitters in order. The complete game was the first of the season for the senior, who likely threw his last game in a Bronco uniform.

Sophomore Ryan Hawthorne had two hits for the Lions, including a double and a RBI, while freshman Matt Lowenstein tripled to extend his hitting streak to 14 straight games. The triple was Lowenstein's fourth of the year.

Alex Gillingham got the start for LMU, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits, three walks and two hit-by-pitches over five innings. With the loss, Gillingham is now 2-4. Freshman Alex Sachs took over in the sixth, surrendering a leadoff home run before settling-in and tossing four innings, allowing just the one run and striking out a batter.

Ryan Rieger and Lucas Herbst paced the Bronco offense, each finishing 4-for-5 on the day. Rieger collected a run scored, a double and two RBI, while Herbst contributed two runs scored, a pair of doubles, a triple and one RBI. Tommy Medica drove-in two runs and finished 2-for-5, while Geoff Klein went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a RBI and his sixth home run of the year.

Both teams traded a run in the first inning, as the three-hole hitters each plated the leadoff men in their respective orders. Matt Ozanne worked a leadoff walk before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt for Santa Clara. Medica, Santa Clara's top-hitter, followed by lining a RBI-single into right centerfield to put the Broncos on the board. Jonathan Johnson took it upon himself to get into scoring position in the bottom of the first, drawing a walk and stealing his 10th base of the season. Garcia, who struck out the side in the inning, got Shon Roe on six pitches before Hawthorne punched a base hit down the left field line to plate Johnson without a throw.

Santa Clara responded with a run in the second inning to take an early 2-1 lead. Rieger singled to right centerfield and stole second base, setting the table for a Herbst RBI-double down the left field line.

The Broncos opened the game up a bit in the fourth, scoring five times to take a comfortable 7-1 advantage. Herbst reached with a leadoff single before stealing second base. After a balk moved the runner to third base, Ozanne singled to right centerfield to push the first run home. Later in the inning, with runners at first and second and two out, Matt Koch attempted to back-pick the runner at first, but instead the ball skipped into right field, allowing the runner from second to score without a throw. Medica collected his second hit and second RBI on the ensuing play, singling back up the middle on a 3-1 pitch to drive in another Bronco run. A Medica stolen base and a walk to Klein put runners at first and second, preceding a two-RBI double off the left field wall from Rieger to cap the scoring run and hand the Broncos the six-run advantage.

LMU struck for two runs in the fourth as Koch reached on an error charged to Evan Peters at shortstop. Lowenstein wasted no time driving in the run, lining a triple into the alley in left centerfield to plate Koch. After Garcia punched-out another Lion hitter, Brad Bauer scored Lowenstein with a double to right centerfield. Garcia stopped the bleeding from there, inducing a pair of ground balls to get out of the inning without any further damage.

Refusing to surrender any momentum, the Broncos posted two more runs in the top of the fifth and one more in the sixth. Herbst collected his third hit, and second double, of the game to start the fifth before coming around to score on a throwing error from Roe at shortstop. A sacrifice bunt set the table for a sacrifice fly from Ozanne on the ensuing play, plating the second and final run of the fifth. After Sachs took over for Gillingham in the sixth inning, Klein belted a 1-0 pitch for a leadoff home run over the centerfield wall to run the lead to 10-3.

Sachs settled-down nicely after the home run, tossing the remaining four innings without allowing another run. Unfortunately for the Lions, Garcia continued to stay sharp as well, retiring the final 14 batters in order en route to the complete-game victory.

The Lions and Broncos will continue the three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.




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