THIS WEEK: LMU will face a familiar foe this weekend, welcoming Oregon to Page Stadium for a three-game weekend series ... LMU opened the season against Oregon on 2/16 in Las Vegas at the Marucci Desert Classic ... the Lions and Ducks will meet in four of LMU's first seven games, and four of the first six for Oregon ... links to live stats and video can be found at LMULions.com.
GAME NOTES: LMU Baseball Notes
LMU: Is 0-4 to start the season for the first time since starting 0-6 in 2010 … has dropped four straight games for the first time since losing the last four to finish 2016 … has played consecutive extra-inning affairs for the first time since playing 10 and 9 (scheduled for 7) at UCSB and at Texas on March 4 and March 11, 2012 … last played consecutive 10+-inning extra-inning affairs on April 30 and May 1, 2011 at San Francisco ... has played for the WCC Championship three of the last four years (losses to Pepperdine in 2014 and 2015, loss to BYU in 2017) ... last earned an NCAA berth in 2000 ... is picked to finish fifth in the WCC Preseason Coaches’ Poll ... is also picked ffith according to D1Baseball.com ... is 6-4 on Opening Day under head coach Jason Gill (lost to #19 UCSB in 2017 & vs. Oregon this year).
LION TRACKS: Opening the home portion of the season on Tuesday night against UC Irvine, LMU lost a hard-fought game to the Anteaters by a count of 6-5 in 11 innings ... UC Irvine took the lead in the top of the 11th as Christian Koss drew a one-out walk off of freshman reliever CJ Fernandezees, and came around to score on a Nick Anderson RBI-double off the wall in left field ... Anderson's big hit catapulted himself into the win column, as the right-hander threw the final 3.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts after moving from designated hitter to the pitcher's mound ... offensively, junior Niko Decolati went 2-for-5 with three runs scored, a double and a walk while hitting out of the leadoff spot in the order ... on the mound, freshman Josh Robins impressed, throwing 3.0 scoreless frames (eighth through tenth) while allowing just one hit with three strikeouts.
A WHOLE NEW STAFF: LMU returns just 154.2 innings from last year’s pitching staff that logged a combined 502.1 (31%) ... in addition, 12 of those returning innings came from players who are not expected to pitch in 2018 (Steven Chavez and Niko Decolati) ... LMU’s staff also returns only nine of its 56 starts from a year ago, with all nine coming outside of a traditional three-game weekend series.
AND IT'S A YOUNG STAFF: LMU has used 10 pitchers this year, but only one has been an upperclassman - junior Codie Paiva ... the Lions have used Paiva, six true freshmen, a redshirt-freshman, one true sophomore, and a redshirt-sophomore.
BREAKOUT GAME?: LMU managed 12 total bases and 2 RBI over the first two games of the year combined, but exploded for 25 total bases and 9 RBI at UNLV on 2/18 ... the Lions posted 2 doubles, 2 triples and 2 homers in the game ... over the last two games, LMU has scored 15 runs on 23 hits, including four doubles, two triples and four homers while managing 12 RBI ... the Lions are also 5-for-5 in stolen bases.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: In its 36th season as the home of Lion baseball in 2018, George C. Page Stadium is also in its fifth year under the lights ... the 2018 LMU baseball schedule features 24 home games ... LMU, which is 0-1 so far this year, went 17-10 last year at home after going 9-12 at home in 2016 ... the Lions, who have posted a 560-421-4 (.571) overall record in the park’s 35 seasons, have claimed six 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) ... LMU’s historic first game in Page Stadium was played on March 19, 1983, with a 5-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton ... one of the staples of the venue, the Mikos Blue Monster in left field stands 130-feet wide and 37-feet tall.
TICKET PACKAGES ARE ON SALE: Season ticket packages for the 2018 season are now on sale ... new ticket plans start at $50 for a General Admission season ticket, while Reserved season tickets can be purchased for $99 ... members of LMU's Little Lions Club also get into all LMU home baseball games as part of the membership, while students, faculty and staff with a valid One Card also receive free General Admission access to every home game ... Reserved season tickets behind home plate include a nameplate on your chair identifying your seat(s) ... fans can also package a mini plan to include any five home games this year, with prices starting at $30 ... General Admission mini plans provide access to all General Admission areas of Page Stadium, while a Reserved mini plan secures a seat in the chair-back sections behind home plate ... General Admission mini plans can be purchased for $30, while Reserved mini plans cost $50 ... to purchase season tickets, mini plans or single-game tickets, please contact the LMU Box Office at 310-338-5466 or visit LMULions.com/tickets.
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