Feb. 24, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The Lions' bullpen played a major role in LMU's come-from-behind, extra inning 6-5 win over San Jose State Saturday at Page Stadium. The bullpen, led by winning pitcher Andy Beal (1-1), held the Spartans (8-4) scoreless for innings six through 12 while the LMU (4-9-1) offense chipped away at a 5-0 lead.
The Lions got down to business in the bottom of the 12th, sending just three batters to the plate to push across the winning run. Freshman Angelo Songco started it with his fourth double of the weekend, and Jeremy LaMell advanced Songco to second with a sacrifice bunt. Senior Taylor Shoop then singled through the right side to score Songco and set up the rubber match for Sunday's 1:00 p.m. game.
The Spartans held a 5-4 lead going into the ninth inning and sent closer Scott Sobczak to the mound in search of his fifth save of the season. Instead, the Lions tied the game at five after leadoff singles by pinch hitter Joe Zeller and DeAndre Miller. Brian Wilson's groundout scored Zeller to send the game into extra innings.
It was Michael DeDonato (0-1) who suffered the loss for San Jose State, after allowing the winning run in his 1.1 innings of work.
LMU starter Daniel Macias worked 2.1 innings and was charged with three earned runs on six hits before giving way to the bullpen and Lee Roberts, Ernie Cho, and Beal. Each had a strong outing, but it was Beal who stole the show with his scoreless five innings of work. The Lions' junior allowed just two hits while striking out two and earning the victory.
San Jose State had built a 5-0 lead by the fifth inning. But the Lions turned it on, beginning with a pair of hits by rookies Marty Mullins and Will Dugoni in the bottom of the fifth. Miller's groundout to first plated Mullins for the Lions' first run of the day.
The seventh inning was the big one for LMU, as the Lions scored three to cut the lead to one at 5-4. Songco singled up the middle as the leadoff hitter and advanced to third on a double to left center by Shoop. Miller drove them both in when he singled up the middle with two outs. Glomb added the third run on a double down the left field line that scored Miller.
Miller and Songco finished with three hits each for LMU, with Miller adding three RBI.
Kyle Bellows and Greg Fyfe combined to go 6-for-10 for the Spartans. Spartan starter Spencer Snodgrass was solid in his five innings of work, leaving the game with a 5-1 lead after allowing five hits.
The teams combined to leave 24 runners on base in the 12 inning, four hour and nine minute marathon.
The Lions and Spartans will return to Page Stadium Sunday for the 1:00 p.m. rubber match. Fans who can't make it out to the park can catch all of the action on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access both at www.LMULions.com.