March 2, 2007
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - A game that began as a classic pitchers' dual had a bizarre ending, as a pair of pitchers' errors set up a dramatic ending. LMU (5-11-1) baseball topped Cal Poly (10-8) 5-3 in a series-opening thriller at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
With LMU holding a 3-2 lead, Cal Poly tied the game at 3-3 with an unearned run in the eighth, only to give up two unearned runs in the top of the ninth on a throwing error by relief pitcher Evan Reed.
Cal Poly had built a 2-0 lead by the third inning, but the Lion offense came alive in the fifth. Sean Dovel started the frame with a double, and Brian Wilson made it back-to-back hits for LMU after an infield single. Cal Poly starter Marc Nobriga then hit Will Dugoni and walked DeAndre Miller to bring in a run. Michael Glomb's single through the left side plated Wilson to tie the game at 2-2.
LMU starter Brad Meyers (2-2) earned the win after working eight strong innings, allowing two earned runs on just six hits. The junior tallied a career-high eight strikeouts, as he stranded six Mustangs on base over his eight innings.
Freshman Angelo Songco gave Meyers and the Lions the lead in the sixth with his first collegiate home run, a leadoff home run over the wall in right to make it 3-2 LMU.
But a two-base error by Meyers put the Mustangs in position to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. Cal Poly later brought the tying run across on a sacrifice fly.
The drama continued into the ninth inning. Wilson put up his third single of the night and advanced to second when Jeremy LaMell drew a walk from reliever Evan Reed. Pinch hitter Joe Zeller bunted in an attempt to move Wilson and LaMell. Reed fielded the bunt, but overthrew his attempt to get Wilson at third, and both Wilson and LaMell were able to score to take a 5-3 lead.
Andy Beal threw the ninth for the Lions, earning his second save of the season after striking out Grant Desme with the bases loaded to end the game.
Cal Poly reliever Frankie Reed (0-1) suffered the loss after facing just one batter: Wilson, who singled and later scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth.
Nobriga had kept the Lions quiet until the fifth inning. He was then charged with three runs on seven LMU hits in his seven innings of work.
Both teams' most dangerous hitters to date, Eric Farris (LMU) and Desme (CP) were held hitless Friday. Meyers and Beal combined to strike Desme out four times.
Wilson led the Lions' offensive charge with a 3-for-4 night. Glomb and Songco each had two hits.
Kyle Smith, Logan Schafer, and Wes Dorrell each had two hits for the Mustangs.
The Lions and Mustangs will continue the three-game series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Baggett Stadium. Fans who can't make it to San Luis Obispo can follow the action on www.LMULions.com with both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.