Plaia Provides Lift In Win
Home run by Colton Plaia and another solid outing by Alex Gillingham clinches series win over San Diego in 6-3 win.
May 28, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After three straight West Coast Conference games that came down to a single run, the last two in extra innings, sophomore Colton Plaia provided the big hits and Alex Gillingham was once again solid as the Lions earn a 6-3 win over San Diego on Saturday at Page Stadium.
With the win, LMU clinches the series against the Toreros while Gillingham improved to 8-4 on the season, going 8.1 innings, striking out eight in 131 pitches. Ryan Hawthorne earned his 10th save of the season as the Lions improve to 29-25 on the season 10-10 in WCC play. San Diego falls to 22-30, 11-9 in the WCC.
After relying on a pair unearned runs in the first three innings, LMU broke a 2-2 tie on Plaia's first home run of the season, a solo shot over the blue monster in left field in the bottom of the fifth. In that same inning, Jonathan Johnson hit his third triple of the season and 19th of his career to tie Bob Sheldon for the all-time school record.
Plaia continued to make the most of it with a bloop single to right-center field to score two more runs for the Lions in the bottom of the sixth to make it 5-2 LMU. He finished 2-for-4 from the plate with three RBI in his 14th start of the season.
The opportunity to break the 2-2 tie was set-up by Gillingham, who in the top of the fifth faced a one-out, bases loaded jam. Like he has most of the season, Gillingham got a much needed ground ball to turn a 6-4-3 double play.
LMU stretched the lead to 6-2 thanks to Matt Koch's sacrifice fly to score Johnson in the top of the seventh. The Toreros added a run in the top of the ninth before Hawthorne struckout Kris Bryant and got Zack Kometani to ground out with the bases loaded to end the game.
The Lions will host San Diego in the series and regular season finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. It will be Senior Day at Page Stadium as the Lions celebrate eight seniors.
- GO LIONS -