Feb. 27, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The Lions were just one off the Trojans in the hit column, but scored just one run off their seven hits in a chilly Tuesday night match-up at Dedeaux Field. USC (10-7) capitalized on three LMU (4-11-1) errors to top the Lions 7-1.
The two teams were locked in a 0-0 battle until the bottom of the third when the Trojans scored an unearned run.
USC responded in the top in the bottom of the same frame, pushing two runs across on a two-out, bases-loaded single by J.J. Owen to take a 3-1 lead.
Trojan freshman Robert Stock made it 4-1 on a solo home run in the sixth.
The Lions' bullpen saw more trouble in the eighth, walking three Trojans to bring in a USC run. Hector Estrella followed with a bases-loaded single that plated two more to make it 7-1.
LMU used a staff pitching day Tuesday, and it was reliever Ernie Cho that suffered the loss, falling to 0-1 on the season after allowing the go-ahead runs.
USC starter Anthony Vasquez moved to 1-3 after working seven innings, holding the Lions to just the one run.
Seven different Lions registered hits, with DeAndre Miller's producing the only RBI.
Buss had a 2-for-3 day for the Trojans.
The Lions head north for the weekend for a three-game set at Cal Poly. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. Friday in San Luis Obispo, Calif. As always, fans who can't make the trip with the Lions can catch all of the action on Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.