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Lions Travel to Long Beach for Final Regular Season Road Contest Tuesday

Junior Tommy Cheek and the Lions will travel to Long Beach State on Tuesday.

Junior Tommy Cheek and the Lions will travel to Long Beach State on Tuesday.

April 30, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Long Beach State1
Loyola Marymount4
March 12, 2013
Page Stadium
Lions Earn 4-1 Victory Over Long Beach State
Led by Patrick McGrath's strong pitching performance the LMU Lions (7-10) were able to send the Dirtbags (6-11) back to Long Beach with the 4-1 loss. Heading into the bottom of the fourth with McGrath pitching a shutout, Cullen Mahoney and Co. provided all the support McGrath would need to pick up his first win of the 2013 season.

THIS WEEK: LMU (21-22) will look to get back on the winning track on Tuesday after being swept in a weekend series for the first time this year...the Lions will travel to Long Beach State (20-21) for the midweek game before hosting BYU for three games starting on Thursday...the road game at Long Beach State is the final regular season road contest of the year...all four games can be followed online at LMULions.com, including a video stream of the games against BYU...

SEASON TICKET SCARF: LMU's season ticket scarf campaign is back once again...and it has been better than ever...LMU is offering the Season Ticket Scarf Pack for season access to not only baseball, but to women's water polo and softball at one low price...for just $30, you get access to all home preseason and regular season events for baseball and these additional programs, plus for $50 you can get a nameplate to reserve your seat at Page Stadium...the Season Ticket also comes with the limited edition LMU Scarf, which is your access every game this year...for more information, and to purchase, please visit the LMU ticket office or log on to: http://tinyurl.com/cya894f

LION TRACKS: LMU is coming off a weekend where it suffered a sweep at the hands of WCC-foe Portland...LMU dropped the opener 8-3 before losing one-run games on Saturday (3-2) and Sunday (2-1)...the Lions led in each of the final two games, but Portland managed to come back in both to earn the series sweep...senior Aaron Griffin carried a no-hitter through 6.2 innings on Saturday before the Pilots scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to steal game two and spoil a stellar outing (ND, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, career-high 11 K)...junior Patrick McGrath surrendered just two runs over seven innings on Sunday before being tagged with the tough-luck loss when the offense was unable to provide any real support...

FLO-NO LEADS TO WEEKLY HONORS: Senior Matt Florer tossed the second no-hitter in LMU program history on April 23 against Cal State Northridge as LMU defeated the Matadors by a count of 5-0 at LMU's Page Stadium...the no-hitter, which was featured as #7 on SportsCenter's Top-10 plays that night, came in Florer's ninth career start and his 14th appearance of the year (third start)...the last LMU no-hitter was tossed by Bob Seus on March 14, 1980 vs. Long Beach State...Florer, who walked five, hit one batter and struck out a career-best five batters over 134 pitches, had previously owned a career-high in innings of 5.0 versus Long Beach State on April 17, 2012...the left-hander from Mission Viejo, who improved to 2-1 with the victory, worked around the five walks and one hit batsman, inducing a pair of double plays...Cal State Northridge managed its biggest threat against Florer in the eighth inning, drawing a leadoff walk and a hit-by-pitch to start the frame...after a mound visit from pitching coach Danny Ricabal, Florer induced a fly ball to centerfield and an inning-ending double play ball to escape the jam and regain control...for his efforts, Florer was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper) and WCC Pitcher of the Week...

POWER OUTAGE: The 2013 LMU baseball squad is homerless over its first 1,409 at bats this year, but has collected 14 triples and 60 doubles...LMU is the only Division I program without a home run in 2013...the Lions last hit a home run in the top of the eighth of the final game of the 2012 season at Santa Clara (5/27)...Shon Roe took Chris Mendoza deep for a solo homer 1,413 LMU at bats ago...LMU's lowest home run total since 1968 is 12 home runs in 1971...

WCC CHAMPIONSHIP IN STOCKTON: The West Coast Conference will hold a WCC Championship Tournament at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. from May 23-25 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...

BIG WEST...BIG PEST: The Big West Conference is perennially one of the best baseball conferences in the nation, and LMU has had its fair-share of games against Big West Schools while competing in Southern California...LMU is slated to play 11 games against teams from the Big West in 2013...LMU is currently 6-3 against the Big West this year, and is now 38-50 (.432) under Coach Gill in games against teams currently competing in the Big West...LMU has won five straight over Big West schools...LMU has played eight of the 10 Big West schools under Gill, holding a winning record over Cal State Northridge (8-4), Cal State Fullerton (5-4) and UC Riverside (8-6)...LMU's worst head-to-head record belongs to UC Irvine (2-8)...

WATCH IT LIVE ONLINE!: LMU Athletics will video stream the remaining 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...with the move to streaming video at home, a separate audio link will no longer be available for games at Page Stadium...all road games will still utilize Stretch Internet's audio platform, 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

HOME SWEET HOME: George C. Page Stadium is in its 31st season as the home of Lion baseball in 2013...the Mikos Blue Monster is a replica to Boston's Fenway Park's Green Monster, standing 130-feet wide and 37-feet tall...within the wall is one of only a handful of manual scoreboards in all of college baseball...the board itself isn't small, standing 18-feet tall and 46-feet wide...the Lions, who have posted a 494-370-4 (.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)...

APRIL SHOWERS BRING FUJI POWERS: Senior Zac Fujimoto has taken well to the month of April, batting a team-best .370 (20-for-54) with six runs scored, two doubles, seven RBI and four stolen bases in as many attempts...junior Tommy Cheek (.328, 4 R, 6 2B, 3B, 10 RBI) and senior Joey Boney (.324, 5 R, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 SB) have also posted solid numbers in April this year...

SCHEDULE NOTES: According to boydsworld.com, the 2013 schedule ranked 15th in the nation in terms of projected Strength of Schedule (SOS) during the preseason, which takes into account the projected results and success of LMU's opponents this season...LMU's non-conference slate ranked 11th in the nation...LMU currently ranks 7th in Strength of Schedule, 61st in Iterative Strength Rating (ISR), which is essentially a measure of the quality of a team's season by combining its winning percentage with the difficulty of its schedule, and 66th in Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the official measure of team quality used by the tournament selection committee...the Lions are scheduled to play 51 games this year, including 21 at home in Page Stadium...LMU will play 13 games against 2012 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, including a pair of three-game road series at Super Regional qualifier Oregon and College World Series participant UCLA...in addition to the six games against Oregon and UCLA, LMU will also play a road series against reigning WCC Champion Pepperdine and a single contest at Cal State Fullerton - both teams that made the tournament a year ago...LMU's only home contests against teams that qualified for the postseason will come against 2013 WCC-favorite San Diego in a three-game series starting on April 5...

LONG BEACH SHORT HOPS: Long Beach State enters the midweek game with the Lions sporting a 20-21 overall record having won four of its last five games overall...the Dirtbags most recently took two-of-three from Cal Poly at home last weekend...Jeff McNeil leads the offense with a .337 average, 26 runs scored, 14 doubles, two triples and 18 RBI...Ino Patron is the leading RBI-man for the Dirtbags, collecting 27 with 13 doubles, five triples and on home run...Long Beach State is led by third-year head coach Troy Buckley...

EDWARDS WALKS INTO RECORD BOOK: Sophomore David Edwards matched a LMU program record with four walks in a game against UC Riverside on April 9...the native of Tustin, Calif. finished 2-for-2 with a RBI and the four free passes - tying a program record achieved by seven other players (most recently: Jonathan Johnson on February 28, 2009)...

WELMON GETS STINGY ONCE AGAIN: Sophomore Colin Welmon continues to string together scoreless inning streaks over his first two years at LMU...the right-hander most recently put together a scoreless inning streak spanning 16.1 innings from March 8 to March 22...prior to that run, Welmon tossed 21 straight scoreless innings from the fourth inning of a game on February 15 vs. Utah to the fourth of a game on March 8 at #26 Oklahoma State (four starts)...the runs scored in the fourth innings of both games to start and stop the streak were unearned, as Welmon did not allow an earned run over 42.1 innings from the end of the first inning on February 15 through two out in the seventh inning on March 22...Welmon strung together 25 straight scoreless frames last year from March 2-30 (five starts)...

PLAYER OF THE CHEEK: LMU junior Tommy Cheek was named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Player of the Week for the week ending on March 31...Cheek hit .500 over four games played that week, helping LMU to a 3-1 week that included a victory over then-No. 5 Cal State Fullerton and a pair against then-No. 21 Gonzaga in a WCC weekend series...the infielder, who hit safely in all four games, went 7-for-14 with two runs scored and four RBI...he collected the go-ahead RBI in a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh inning to help LMU to a victory over Fullerton before going 4-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the opening game against Gonzaga...

DON'T GO WALKING OFF ON ME: The LMU baseball program has suffered four walk-off losses this year...the Lions suffered the first walk-off loss on March 1 at UNLV...Oklahoma State walked-off on the Lions twice, bookending a series on March 8 and 10...Pepperdine most recently walked-off on the Lions on March 17...junior Bret Dahlson has been on the hill in all four games for the Lions...there has been one walk-off home run (3/8 at Oklahoma State - Tanner Krietemeier), a walk-off double (3/1 at UNLV - Justin Jones), and two walk-off singles (3/10 at Oklahoma State - Zach Fish; 3/17 at Pepperdine - Drew Hacker)...

MAN OF THE MONTH: Sophomore Colin Welmon was named Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Month for the month of February...Welmon went 2-1 with a 0.86 ERA over three starts in the month...the monthly selection is Welmon's first of his career after earning WCC Pitcher of the Week once last year...the native of Tustin, Calif. pitched 21 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and five walks while striking out 20 hitters, averaging 6.67 strikeouts per game and posting a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio...the right-hander recorded victories over then-No. 14 Oregon on the road (February 22) and Hawai'i at the UNLV Rebel Classic (February 28).

ONE FOR THE BOOKS: LMU's game against Bradley on March 3 proved to be a record-setting contest for the Lions...senior Matt Lowenstein set a LMU single-game record and matched a NCAA record by collecting three triples in that game...the left-handed hitting outfielder tripled in the first, third and fourth...the three triples were last achieved at the NCAA level on April 9, 2006 by Brad Daniels of Albany (NY) vs. Hartford...LMU as a team collected five triples in the game against Bradley, matching a LMU record set on February 11, 1975 against Long Beach State...the Lions also stole a program-record tying seven bases against the Braves...Cullen Mahoney, David Edwards and Zac Fujimoto all stole a pair of bases in the victory...LMU twice stole seven bases in a game before March 3, including on May 9, 2003 against San Francisco and February 8, 1975 against UC Santa Barbara...

THE REBEL OFFENSIVE: After scoring three or fewer runs in six of its first eight games, LMU came alive offensively at the UNLV Rebel Classic...aided by a 23-run performance on 17 hits against Bradley on Sunday, LMU hit .313 with 40 runs scored, seven doubles, six triples and 31 RBI over four games against Hawai'i (two games), UNLV and Bradley...the Lions also went 8-for-9 in stolen base attempts after beginning the year 4-for-14...seniors Matt Lowenstein and Colton Plaia, along with sophomore Tanner Donnels, each hit .421 (8-for-19), with Lowenstein matching a NCAA record and setting a LMU mark with three triples against Bradley...senior Zac Fujimoto batted .417 (5-for-12) with three doubles and seven RBI...LMU also received a stellar pitching performance on Thursday to open tournament play...sophomore Colin Welmon tossed a complete game two-hit shutout against Hawai'i, helping LMU to defeat the Rainbows by a count of 9-0...the native of Tustin, Calif. did not walk a batter and struck out six hitters, tossing 95 pitches and facing just one over the minimum, to record his second career complete game...

MEGILL'S INAUGURATION: Sophomore right-hander Trevor Megill took home the first Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week honor for the 2013 season after tossing a career-high tying seven scoreless innings against Utah on February 16...Megill allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out 11 Ute hitters as the Lions recorded a 1-0 victory...the Pitcher of the Week selection was the first of Megill's career...

U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A: Head coach Jason Gill and senior Colton Plaia spent a bit of their summer representing Team USA as coach and player, respectively, on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team...the squad, which finished 12-5 over the summer, earned a bronze medal after finishing 5-2 at Honkbal Week hosted at Pim Mulier Stadium in the Netherlands...four of the team's losses came in a hotly-contested seven game series against Cuba, which saw the two teams split the first six games before the seventh and final contest went to 10 innings...Gill joined former head coach Frank Cruz on the list of Lion head coaches that have been affiliated with USA Baseball...Cruz served as an assistant coach on the 2000 USA Baseball National Team before serving as head coach in 2004...Plaia joins the likes of Joe Ciccarella, Chris Gomez, Stephen Kahn and Jeff Stevens as former Lion players who have represented the USA...

PICKED BEFORE THE PITCH: A WCC-high four LMU players were named to the 2013 preseason All-Conference team headed into this season...seniors Matt Lowenstein and Colton Plaia were lauded offensively, while sophomores Trevor Megill and Colin Welmon were selected from the Lion pitching staff...a three-time All-WCC selection, Lowenstein hit .293 with a WCC-best 45 walks, team-high 36 runs scored, 10 doubles, 28 RBI and three triples last year...Plaia, who was listed as the 98th-best college player in the nation according to College Baseball Daily, batted .326 with a team-best six homers and 38 RBI, collecting 28 runs scored and eight doubles while slugging .461 in 2012...serving as LMU's Friday starter, Welmon posted a 7-4 record and a 3.87 ERA in 15 starts as a freshman...the right-hander tossed 95.1 innings, including one complete game, and combined on a pair of shutouts...Megill went 5-8 with a 3.57 ERA over 15 starts and 90.2 innings of work serving as LMU's Saturday starter...the right-hander led the team in strikeouts with 82 and finished 4-3 with a 3.48 ERA over eight starts and 51.2 innings of work against WCC opponents...

CLOSING THE DOOR: Junior Bret Dahlson was one of 75 players named to the initial watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, which is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball...Dahlson is in his third season with LMU baseball, but only his second as a pitcher...the JSerra High School product currently ranks second in LMU history for saves (17) after totaling 11 last year while serving as the Lion closer...during his inaugural year on the hill, Dahlson pitched to a 3-3 record with a 2.94 ERA...the 11 saves were good for second-most in LMU history for a single season...overall, Dahlson made 26 relief appearances to the tune of 33.2 innings while striking out 30 hitters over the span...so far this year, Dahlson has recorded saves over Utah (2/16), Long Beach State (3/12), Pepperdine (3/15), #17 UCLA (4/14) and San Francisco (4/20 and 4/21)...

SURVEY SAYS: The LMU baseball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2013 WCC preseason poll as voted upon by all nine head coaches...San Diego earned six first-place votes and 62 overall points in the poll to finish first...last year's WCC Champion, Pepperdine, earned 53 points and picked up two first-place votes in the annual survey, while Gonzaga garnered a first-place vote and tallied 49 points to finish third in the poll...

LMU BASEBALL ON TWITTER (@BASEBALLLMU): For fans, scouts, parents and players who are interested in following LMU baseball even closer this year, the LMU baseball coaching staff 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...

GETTING AHEAD OF THE PAC: Boasting last year's NCAA Champion in Arizona, the Pac-12 is another strong baseball conference that LMU saw quite a bit of in 2013...the Lions were slated to play 11 games against the Pac-12, including the first seven games of the season...over those 11 games this year, LMU went 4-7 against the Pac-12...under Gill, the Lions are 9-18 against teams from the Pac-12 and have lost 17 of the last 22 games overall...

WELLS FARGO PCH CUP: Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime cross-town adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge...the series, which is in its fourth year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference...any head-to-head competition, including matches in the post-season and tournaments throughout the year, will be counted toward the scoring and added to the scorecard as they occur...for the sports in which the two teams do not meet head-to-head, the teams will battle for points that will be awarded on the basis of overall finish at their respective post-season championships...the Waves currently lead the Lions, 9.5-8.5, in the PCH Cup standings this year...Pepperdine has won the challenge in each of the first three seasons...to learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/6n4l82s

SOME SORT OF SCHOOL REUNION: It seems that every year head coach Jason Gill adds to his coaching staff by welcoming a coach that has ties to his alma mater, Cal State Fullerton...every Lion coach on staff, in addition to both director of baseball operations, have ties to Fullerton...Gill played one year at Fullerton in 1994, hitting .345, scoring 28 runs and starting 43 games at third base to help the Titans to a 47-16 record and a College World Series berth...assistant coach Danny Ricabal also played at Fullerton from 1993-94...in his two years at Fullerton, Ricabal compiled an impressive 23-4 record...Ricabal went 12-1 with a 2.81 ERA his senior season in 1994, including a 2-0 record in the College World Series...he was an All-American selection his junior season, posting an 11-3 record...volunteer assistant Steve Chatham was a four-year letterman at Cal State Fullerton, where he was a member of the 1995 National Championship team as well...the centerfielder hit .339 over his collegiate career at Fullerton...assistant Coach Bryant Ward is also familiar with the Fullerton program, joining Gill as a coach in the Cal State Fullerton baseball program in 2005 and 2006...director of baseball operations in charge of facilities, Bobby Andrews, also played for the Titans from 2003-05, helping the squad to the 2004 National Championship...even former Lion standout Benny Bonilla, who is a director of baseball operations in charge of camps and travel, has ties to Fullerton after serving as an administrative assistant within the baseball program in 2007-08...Gill is currently 5-4 against the Titans as a head coach...

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Sophomore Tanner Donnels and redshirt sophomore Kevin Glomb both 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...


The purpose of TEAM LMU is to bring Lion fans together as one, creating an atmosphere that helps build the Lions into champions, while allowing all to enjoy the benefits of our corporate partners...for more information about TEAM LMU, log on to: http://www.LMULions.com/teamlmu

LIONS IN THE PROS: LMU has 10 former players playing professionally in 2013, including five players with Major League experience...C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) highlights the group, while Ryan Wheeler (Colorado Rockies) and Eric Farris (Minnesota Twins) are looking to make an impact with new teams this year...the Lions have had more than 113 players drafted by Major League Baseball teams in program history, including nearly 30 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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