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Lions Seek WCC Tournament Berth, Senior Day Sunday

Senior Colton Plaia will play in his final regular season series this weekend.

Senior Colton Plaia will play in his final regular season series this weekend.

May 16, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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May 27, 2012
Santa Clara, Calif.
Lions Close 2012 Season with Victory, Beat Santa Clara 4-2
The LMU baseball team (27-27, 14-10 WCC) finished the 2012 season on a high note, defeating Santa Clara (26-28, 5-19 WCC) by a score of 4-2 on Sunday at Santa Clara's Schott Stadium. LMU scored three times in the fifth before senior Shon Roe homered in his final collegiate at bat in the eighth.

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THIS WEEK: The LMU baseball team (22-26, 10-11 WCC) will conclude the regular season schedule this weekend, welcoming Santa Clara (13-37, 0-21 WCC) to Page Stadium for a "must-win" three-game West Coast Conference series...Friday's series-opener will begin at 3 p.m. before Saturday's 2 p.m. start...Sunday's 1 p.m. game will be Senior Day as LMU will honor 10 graduating seniors prior to first pitch...all three games can be followed online at LMULions.com, including a free video stream of the action...

THE ROUTE TO THE TOURNEY: While taking care of its own business is essential to trying to get that fourth and final spot in the WCC Championship Tournament, LMU will also need a bit of help from other teams in the WCC this weekend...in short, LMU will need to sweep the series over Santa Clara, have Pepperdine lose at least one game at Portland and have Saint Mary's take exactly two-of-three from BYU on the road...if Pepperdine loses a game and the Gaels take two-of-three from BYU, LMU, SMC and BYU would all be 13-11 and LMU would advance through the second level of tie-breakers (won-loss record against teams in the WCC in descending order of finish)...

LION TRACKS: The LMU baseball team (22-26) came out rusty after a 10-day hiatus from play, committing a season-high five errors en route to dropping an 11-3 decision to UC Santa Barbara (29-21) on Wednesday at LMU's Page Stadium...the five errors were the most committed by the Lions since making five against UC Irvine on February 20, 2010...LMU allowed all 11 runs over the first four innings of play, with starter Matt Florer taking the loss after tossing 2.1 innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks...with the decision, Florer fell to 2-3...lefty Brandon Horth also suffered the misfortune of the LMU defense behind him, allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits...after Horth, the LMU bullpen seemed to find its groove, with five relievers each tossing a scoreless inning of relief, including seniors Justin Grijalva and Sean McIntyre in the final two frames...those five relievers allowed just one combined hit and a walk over the final five innings...freshman Justin Jacome got the start and earned the victory for UCSB, dealing 6.1 innings and allowing one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out two to improve to 5-3...Jared Wilson and Campbell Wear also appeared for the Gauchos, with Wilson allowing a pair of runs over 1.2 innings...Jackson Morrow paced the Gaucho offense with a 2-for-3 day that included four RBI...Cameron Newell had three hits, while Marc Venning doubled and scored three runs...sophomore Chris Barnett had a career day for LMU, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI, while seniors Colton Plaia (2-for-5) and Cullen Mahoney (3-for-5) each collected multiple hits...Mahoney's three-hit day also included a double, a triple and a RBI.

SENIOR SUNDAY: LMU will bid adieu to 10 players this Sunday as part of LMU's Senior Day festivities...the Lions will honor Joey Boney, Steve Duenas, Matt Florer, Zac Fujimoto, Aaron Griffin, Justin Grijalva, Matt Lowenstein, Cullen Mahoney, Sean McIntyre and Colton Plaia prior to the game on Sunday...

POSTGRADUATE WORK: Seniors Colton Plaia and Cullen Mahoney were two of 10 Lion baseball players to graduate last week, and the duo took well to playing with no homework on Wednesday vs. UC Santa Barbara...Mahoney finished 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and a RBI to record his team-best 17th multi-hit game...Plaia went 2-for-5 - collecting his 14th multi-hit game...

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 WCC Pitcher of the Week and a National Player of the Week according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association and College Baseball Insider...

POWER OUTAGE: The 2013 LMU baseball squad managed its first home run of the year in its 1,469th at bat of the season when catcher Colton Plaia hit a homer to left centerfield in the 28th at bat of a game against BYU on May 2...LMU was the last Division I baseball team to hit a home run in 2013...sophomore David Edwards also pitched-in a homer on May 4 vs. BYU, pushing LMU's homer total to two...in addition to the two round-trippers, LMU has also collected 16 triples and 65 doubles...LMU's lowest home run total since 1968 is 12 home runs in 1971...

AND THE IGGY GOES TO...: LMU baseball showed well at the 2013 LMU Athletics Iggy Awards - the annual year-end sports banquet honoring successes from the year that was in Lion sports...sophomore Colin Welmon claimed co-Male Athlete of the Year honors, while sophomore David Edwards took home Most Improved Male Athlete of the Year...the entire baseball team also garnered recognition, claiming the Strength and Conditioning Male Team of the Year selection...

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...

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 495-373-4 (.570) 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 took a liking to the month of April this year, batting a team-best .362 (21-for-58) with seven runs scored, two doubles, seven RBI and four stolen bases in as many attempts...the native of Aeia, Hawai'i hit safely in all but two games in the month (15 of 17)...junior Tommy Cheek (.324, 4 R, 6 2B, 3B, 10 RBI) and senior Joey Boney (.324, 5 R, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 SB) also posted solid numbers in April this year...

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Senior Aaron Griffin will toe the rubber on Friday in game one against Santa Clara...the right-hander has served vital roles throughout his career at LMU, used mainly out of the bullpen in 2012...the start against Santa Clara will be Griffin's 30th for his career, his final regular season start, and his 13th this season...Griffin, who has pitched must better than his 3-5 record reflects (has allowed three or fewer earned runs in all 12 of his starts), most recently took a loss after surrendering three runs on seven hits over 7.2 innings against BYU on 5/3...the right-hander struck out nine in that game, but LMU managed just two runs of support...prior to that start, Griffin turned in one of his best starts of his career in a no-decision, throwing 7.2 innings and allowing just two runs on four hits to accompany a career-best 11 strikeouts...the right-hander carried a no-hitter through 6.2 innings in that game...he tossed 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five to claim a no-decision at San Francisco on 4/20...Griffin lasted 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one in a loss to #17 UCLA on 4/13...prior to that start, he went six strong innings against San Diego on 4/7, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six to earn the victory and improve to 3-3...Griffin tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six in a victory over #21 Gonzaga on 3/30 in the first game of a doubleheader...Griffin took a tough-luck loss on 3/24 at Saint Mary's, pitching a complete game in a losing effort (8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 5 K)...Griffin tossed 6.0 innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out five in a no decision at Pepperdine on 3/17...prior to that start, the right-hander had taken a pair of losses and a no decision in his last three outings...Griffin pitched pretty well against then-No. 26 Oklahoma State on 3/10, tossing 7.1 innings and allowing just three runs while striking out eight hitters only to earn a no decision...prior to the ND, Griffin fell at the hands of Hawai'i on 3/2 (4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K)...he also took the loss at #14 Oregon on 2/24 (5.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)...the El Cajon, Calif. native received a ton of run support on 2/17 in a victory over Utah, watching his offense score 11 runs to back his stellar start (8 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 6 K)...Griffin pitched to a 3-5 record and a 3.29 ERA as a junior, appearing in 32 of LMU's 54 games, including two starts...the 32 appearances matched the sixth-most for a season in LMU history, and the most since Chris Gray made 33 appearances in 2001...the El Cajon, Calif. native combined on three shutouts and recorded a save while logging 65.2 innings with 61 strikeouts...showing good control with strikeout stuff, he averaged 8.36 strikeouts per game and a 3.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio...

BRING THE McGRATH: Junior Patrick McGrath is slated to make his 12th career start (and 14th appearance) as a Lion on Saturday against Santa Clara...the right-hander, who served as LMU's midweek starter until entering the rotation on 4/14 at UCLA, most recently earned a victory over BYU on 5/4, tossing six innings and allowing just one run on six hits while striking out five...prior to that start, he tossed another gem for the Lions only to take a loss at Portland on 4/28...McGrath went 7.0 innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven in a 2-1 loss to the Pilots...he turned in a stellar start at San Francisco on 4/21, tossing eight innings and allowing just one earned run on three hits while striking out a career-best nine hitters...the right-hander carried a no-hitter through 6.2 innings, including retiring 19 straight after issuing a one-out walk in the first...McGrath tossed five strong frames against #17 UCLA, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out three to earn the victory...prior to that start, McGrath contributed 2.2 innings of scoreless relief against San Diego on 4/7, helping LMU to a crucial WCC series victory...starting at Cal State Northridge on 4/2, McGrath took a no decision (5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB, 3 K)...prior to that start, he went 5.2 strong innings in a no-decision at #5 Cal State Fullerton on 3/26 (5.2 IP, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 5 K)...McGrath went 5.2 innings against Long Beach State on March 12 to record his first career victory (5.2 IP, 3 H, R, 2 K)...McGrath got a spot start at Oklahoma State on March 9, dealing the first two scoreless innings with two strikeouts before an expected lengthy rain delay ended his start...took a no decision in his third start of the year on March 5 at UC Riverside (4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K)...got the nod and took the loss against then-No. 21 UC Irvine on 2/26, tossing five innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out four...he then appeared in relief against Bradley on 3/3, tossing two innings and allowing one run on two this with two strikeouts...McGrath made his first career start on February 20 at USC, earning a no decision after lasting six innings and scattering six hits with one walk while striking out three...McGrath transferred to LMU from Southwestern Community College...while playing at Southwestern, McGrath earned first team All-Pacific Coast Conference honors in 2012 and honorable mention honors in 2011...last year he made 14 appearances and 13 starts, going 5-8 with nine complete games and a 2.79 ERA...the right-hander tossed a team-high 100 innings while striking out 66 hitters (5.94 per game) and strung together seven consecutive complete games from March 13 to April 27...as a freshman, he posted a 2.06 ERA and a 5-2 record over a team-high 24 appearances...

SOPHOMORE SUNDAY: Sophomore Colin Welmon, LMU's co-Male Athlete of the Year, will make his 28th career start, and 13th of the season, to conclude the regular season and the three-game series against Santa Clara on Sunday...Welmon put together a scoreless inning streak spanning 16.1 innings from March 8 to March 22 after stringing together a scoreless inning streak spanning 21 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)...Welmon did not allow an earned run over 42.1 innings from the end of the first inning on February 15 to two out in the seventh on March 22...the right-hander has had some trouble over his last few outings, most recently dropping his third straight decision after allowing three runs on a season-high 11 hits against BYU on 5/2...prior to that start, he lasted just 4.2 innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in a loss at Portland on 4/26...he received a no-decision at San Francisco on 4/19, tossing five innings, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five...Welmon also had a rough outing at #17 UCLA on 4/12, walking a career-high eight batters over 5.1 innings (5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 8 BB, 5 K)...despite the poor outing, Welmon kept the Lions in the game as LMU eventually fell, 2-0...Welmon dazzled against then-No. 23 San Diego on 4/5, allowing just six hits and a walk over eight shutout frames while striking out a career-high tying nine hitters to improve to 5-1 on the year...prior to that start, Welmon had his roughest outing of the year against then-No. 21 Gonzaga on 3/28, allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks over 5.2 innings in a no-decision...Welmon turned in a solid start on 3/22 at Saint Mary's, dealing 7.2 innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) with six strikeouts en route to his fourth win of the year...Welmon started on 3/15 at Pepperdine, tossing 7.1 scoreless innings and striking out six to record his third win of the year...Welmon was impressive on 3/8 at then-No. 26 Oklahoma State, tossing seven innings and allowing an unearned run on five hits while striking out three to earn a no decision... prior to the start against the Cowboys, Welmon had arguably his best start of his career, tossing a complete game two-hit shutout against Hawai'i on 2/28 at the UNLV Rebel Classic to help LMU to a 9-0 victory...Welmon 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 (last: 5/11/12 at San Diego)...prior to the shutout victory, Welmon had a gutsy performance against #14 Oregon on 2/22, tossing six scoreless innings and striking out a career-best nine hitters to earn his first victory of the season...Welmon worked out of bases-loaded jams in the first and second innings...the righty took a loss in his first start of the year against Utah on 2/15, tossing six innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, two walks and two hit batters while striking out five...Welmon was a preseason All-Conference selection after earning All-Freshman team honors in 2012...he finished 2012 with a 7-4 record and a 3.87 ERA in 15 starts, tossing 95.1 innings, including one complete game...the native of Tustin, Calif. struck out 66 hitters to only 14 walks for a stellar 4.7 strikeout-to-walk ratio...he recorded a 1.29 WHIP for the entire 2012 season and averaged just 1.32 walks per nine innings...Welmon tossed a string of 25 straight shutout frames from the fourth inning of a game at UC Santa Barbara on March 2, 2012 through the first inning of a game against Saint Mary's on March 30, 2012...

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, 73rd 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 93rd 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 came against 2013 WCC-favorite San Diego in a three-game series starting on April 5...

BRONCO BANTER: Santa Clara enters the weekend series with the Lions sporting a 13-37 overall record and a 0-21 mark in the WCC...the Broncos have won three straight games overall after most recently knocking off Stanford by a count of 3-0 on Tuesday...Casey Munoz leads the offensive charge for Santa Clara, hitting .318 with 20 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, a homer and 31 RBI...Greg Harisis has swiped 13 bases in 15 attempts, guiding the Broncos to a 67-for-93 mark in stolen bases...Friday's starter, Reece Karalus, is 0-8 with a 6.53 ERA...Mike Couch (4-8, 4.45) and Powell Fansler (1-3, 4.50) will toe the rubber on Saturday and Sunday, respectively...Santa Clara is led by second-year head coach Dan O'Brien...

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...

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

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 (18) 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 seven saves, including saves against Utah (2/16), Long Beach State (3/12), Pepperdine (3/15), #17 UCLA (4/14), San Francisco (4/20 and 4/21), and BYU (5/4)...

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...

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 was slated to play 11 games against teams from the Big West in 2013...LMU is currently 6-5 against the Big West this year, and is now 38-52 (.422) under Coach Gill in games against teams currently competing in the Big West...LMU had won five straight over Big West schools before dropping the last two meetings with the conference...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)...

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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