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Lions Welcome #11 Oregon for Three-Game Series

Junior Colin Welmon will toe the rubber for the Lions on Friday night.

Junior Colin Welmon will toe the rubber for the Lions on Friday night.

Feb. 20, 2014

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The Last Meeting
Loyola Marymount1
Oregon6
February 24, 2013
Eugene, Ore.
Four-Run Sixth at #14 Oregon Hands LMU Series Loss
The LMU baseball team (3-4) led 1-0 over No. 14 Oregon (6-1) on Sunday at Oregon's PK Park, but a four-run sixth inning, with all four runs coming unearned, handed the lead to the Ducks as they eventually earned a 6-1 decision. LMU surrendered six runs total on Sunday, with only one earned run being charged to the staff.

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LMU vs. #11 Oregon - Friday • 6 PM | Live Stats | Live Video | GameTracker
LMU vs. #11 Oregon - Saturday • 1 PM | Live Stats | Live Video | GameTracker
LMU vs. #11 Oregon - Sunday • 1 PM | Live Stats | Live Video | GameTracker

THIS WEEK
The LMU baseball program will host a three-game weekend series against #11 Oregon this week, opening the series on Friday at 6 p.m. under the lights of Page Stadium...Saturday and Sunday's games will be contested at 1 p.m...the Lions played a three-game series at Oregon last year, eventually dropping two-of-three after taking the opener, 7-2...after the Ducks leave town, LMU will once again hit the road for a midweek game, traveling to UC Irvine on Tuesday for a game at 6:30 p.m...

PITCH FOR YOUR TUITION
It's Spirit Week on the campus of LMU and a full slate of games will be part of a week that will give LMU students and ROAR members a chance to win a year's tuition...anchored by men's basketball 160th meeting against rival Pepperdine in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup match-up on Thursday, it's a week not to be missed on campus...ROAR, ASLMU and LMU Athletics have partnered to give student ROAR members not one chance to win $50,000 towards a year's tuition, but three chances...with a full week of events, there will be a chance to win at halftime of the men's basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 20, a chance prior to the first pitch of the baseball game against No. 11 Oregon on Friday, Feb. 21, and then during halftime of senior day for the women's basketball team as they take on BYU...the baseball promotion will require a participant to throw three strikes through a target in six attempts from 60-feet...

TICKET PACKAGES ON SALE
With the LMU baseball season upon us, now is the time to purchase your season tickets to be a part of all the action...the 2014 season will be the first played under the lights at Page Stadium, and fans can purchase season ticket packages starting for as low as $1 per game...using LMU's new online ticket system at LMULions.com/tickets, fans can now purchase season and individual game tickets online at home before coming to the ballpark...the $30 General Admission season ticket scarf allows access to general admission seating on the third or first base line at Page Stadium...fans wishing to reserve their seat at Page Stadium also have the option of purchasing the Reserved Seating Season Ticket for just $60 - just $2 per game this season...reserved Seating is located behind home plate in the seat-back chairs...in addition to coming with the limited edition LMU scarf, the Reserved Seating Season Ticket comes with a nameplate that can be affixed to any available seat for the entire year at Page Stadium...for fans looking to attend single games throughout the season, the online ticket system can also be used to purchase individual game tickets...individual game tickets start at $8 for an adult and $6 for children and seniors (55+)...children with an LMU camp t-shirt or youth sport uniform jersey receive a free general admission ticket...

LION TRACKS
The big inning hurt the Lions on Tuesday at San Diego State, as LMU allowed six runs in the sixth inning to the Aztecs en route to dropping a 9-2 decision at Tony Gwynn Stadium...the Lions led 2-0 headed into the sixth, but the bullpen ran into trouble in the frame, eventually surrendering the lead...freshman J.D. Busfield was impressive in his first career start, allowing just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings of work...left-hander Brandon Horth failed to record an out while facing four hitters in the sixth, surrendering four runs on three hits and one walk before eventually being tagged with the loss...senior Bret Dahlson, freshman Tim Peabody, and sophomore Michael Silva all tossed one inning, with Peabody tossing a scoreless seventh...San Diego State catcher CJ Saylor delivered the big blow for the Aztecs in the game, belting a bases-clearing three-RBI triple into the right centerfield gap in the six-run sixth...

GETTING AHEAD OF THE PAC
Boasting the last two NCAA Champions in UCLA and Arizona, the Pac-12 is a strong baseball conference that LMU will see quite a bit of in 2014...the Lions are scheduled to play 11 games against teams from the Pac-12, including three apiece against Oregon, UCLA and Utah...the Lions played 11 games against the Pac-12 last season, including the first seven of the year, finishing 4-7 overall...

PICKED BEFORE THE PITCH
Junior right-hander Colin Welmon was tabbed preseason All-WCC prior to the start of the 2014 campaign...serving as LMU's Friday starter, Welmon pitched to a 5-4 record and a team-best 2.30 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 12 starts and 78.1 innings of work...Welmon held opponents to a .223 average against while posting one complete game and having his hand in a pair of shutouts...the Tustin, Calif. native went 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA over seven starts against WCC teams...

SURVEY SAYS
The LMU baseball team, led by sixth-year head coach Jason Gill, was picked to finish fourth in the competitive West Coast Conference based on a poll of the 10 conference head coaches...San Diego, which received six of the 10 first-place votes, topped the conference poll for the seventh straight year, earning 76 points...three other teams also received at least one first-place vote, with San Francisco claiming two, and Pepperdine and BYU earning one apiece...the Waves were a slight favorite to claim second, taking home 68 points, followed by San Francisco (66) and the Lions...

ALL-CONFERENCE RETURNERS
LMU returns three players who received All-WCC recognition at the end of the 2013 season, including first-teamer Colin Welmon and honorable mention selections in Patrick McGrath and David Edwards...serving as LMU's Friday starter, Welmon pitched to a 5-4 record and a team-best 2.30 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 12 starts and 78.1 innings of work...Edwards hit .284 in WCC play, collecting 12 runs scored, four doubles, a triple and a homer to the tune of a team-high 14 RBI...he was 10-for-11 in stolen bases in WCC play, and finished 16-for-21 for the year...McGrath emerged as one of the most consistent starters for the Lions after beginning the year as the midweek starter and eventually earning a spot in the weekend rotation...the right-hander posted a 5-2 record with a 2.43 ERA over 12 starts and 14 appearances...in WCC play, McGrath went 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in four starts, holding opponents to a .193 average and notching 29 strikeouts...

LOTS OF HOME COOKING
Entering its 32nd season as the home of Lion baseball in 2014, George C. Page Stadium will also begin a new era of play - the first season played under the lights...the 2014 LMU baseball schedule features 30 of its 52 games played at home, including 19 under the lights at Page Stadium...LMU is currently 2-1 at home this year, including 1-0 under the lights...the Lions will not play a non-conference road weekend series during the regular season this year, instead hosting Utah Valley, Northern Kentucky, and Oregon and Utah from the Pac-12 Conference...the Lions, who have posted a 499-375-4 (.571) overall record in the park's 31 seasons, have claimed five conference titles while calling Page Stadium home...the first Page Stadium conference title came in 1986, when the Lions posted a 24-8 record at home...the best record came in 1988, when LMU was 30-5 at home (.857)...

WATCH IT LIVE ONLINE
LMU Athletics will video stream all home baseball games this year through Lion's All-Access...the video stream is free of charge, and will be accompanied by an audio play-by-play broadcast...all road games will once again feature an audio play-by-play broadcast, and links to those broadcasts can be found on the LMU baseball schedule page...to view the video stream, please visit http://tinyurl.com/LMU-All-Access...

@BASEBALLLMU ON TWITTER
For fans, scouts, parents and players who are interested in following LMU baseball even closer this year, LMU baseball assistant coach Bryant Ward is tweeting under the handle @BaseballLMU...to get the inside look at LMU baseball from the coaching perspective, make sure to follow @BaseballLMU on Twitter...

DUCK TALES
Oregon enters the weekend series with the Lions as the 11th-best team in the nation according to Baseball America...they are also ranked sixth according to Collegiate Baseball...the Ducks began the 2014 season on the road at Hawaii, sweeping the Rainbow Warriors in a four-game series that concluded on Monday...Tyler Baumgartner finished the weekend hitting .375 with six runs scored, a double and a RBI as Oregon hit .283 as a team...Mitchell Tolman and A.J. Balta each had four RBI in the series...Oregon will throw three left-handers at the Lions this weekend, beginning with Tommy Thorpe (0-0, 0.00 ERA) on Friday night...Thorpe, a member of the Collegiate National Team, recorded a no-decision against Hawaii after tossing six innings on Opening Night...freshman Matt Krook (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toe the rubber on Saturday after striking out eight over seven innings in his first career start last weekend...Jordan Spencer (0-0, 5.40 ERA) will conclude the series for Oregon after allowing a pair of runs on five hits over 3.1 innings in his first start of the year...Oregon is led by sixth-year head coach George Horton, who recently recorded his 900th career head coaching victory...

PICK UP WHERE I LEFT OFF
Five Lion baseball players carry hitting or reached base streaks that date back to the 2013 season...junior David Edwards has reached in seven straight games, senior Kevin Garcia has reached in five, and junior Chris Barnett has reached in three...

ALL IN THE FAMILY
Junior Tanner Donnels, redshirt junior Kevin Glomb and freshman Tim Peabody all have family ties to LMU, as Donnels' father, Chris, played baseball at LMU and was part of LMU's 1986 World Series team before being selected in the first round of the 1987 draft by the New York Mets and embarking on a eight-year MLB career...Chris Donnels is LMU's all-time leader in slugging percentage (.650), home runs (45) and RBI (225), setting the LMU single-season records for home runs (21) and RBI (91) in 1986...Donnels' mother and grandfather also attended LMU...Glomb's brother, Michael, played baseball for LMU from 2004-08, while his sister played volleyball at LMU in 2005...Peabody's mother, Nadine, played softball at LMU, while his uncle, Tom, was a member of LMU's 1989-90 Elite Eight men's basketball team...

TOP OF THE CLASS
LMU baseball's group of newcomers was named 22nd-best by Baseball America and #34 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball...LMU was just one of four non-BCS schools to make the Collegiate Baseball list, and just one of five private schools lauded...the recruiting class was the only school from the WCC named to Baseball America's list...recruiting coordinator Bryant Ward has now had two top-40 recruiting classes in the last three years...the class includes David Fletcher, the 2013 Division II CIF Player of the Year, Cassidy Brown, the 2013 Ohio Player of the Year, Tyler Cohen, a first-team All-CIF selection and the #46 prospect in California according to Baseball America, and Trent Hammond, a first team All-CIF selection and a Max Preps All-State honoree...

JOURNEY TO THE TOURNEY
For the second consecutive year, the West Coast Conference will hold a WCC Championship Tournament at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. from May 22-24 to decide who will claim the WCC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament...the top-four teams will compete in the tournament, with the #1 seed facing #4 and #2 facing #3 in first-round play...the tournament is double elimination until the championship game on Saturday, where the winner earns the automatic bid...

LIONS IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
Two former Lion baseball players were active in Major League Baseball last season, as C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels) and Ryan Wheeler (Colorado Rockies) played on the game's biggest stage...including Wilson and Wheeler, 10 former LMU baseball players were active in professional baseball last season...the Lions have had more than 115 players drafted by Major League Baseball teams in program history, including 25 players in the last 10 years...Billy Traber and Chris Donnels are the lone Lions to be selected in the first round, interestingly both selected by the Mets...Traber went 16th overall in 2000, while Donnels was taken with the 24th pick in 1987...including Traber and Donnels, LMU has had 20 players taken in the first five rounds of a MLB draft...LMU's best draft came in 2000, as a Lion was taken in each of the first three rounds - Traber went in the first, followed by Michael Schultz in the second, and Scott Walter in the third...for a list of current Lions playing in professional baseball, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/7taglqf

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