March 3, 2007
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Base runners were hard to come by in another great pitchers' dual at Cal Poly's Baggett Stadium Saturday afternoon. LMU (6-11-1) was able to push two across while holding the Mustangs (10-9) scoreless behind the pitching of Daniel Macias and Andy Beal to clinch the road series victory with a 2-0 win.
Cal Poly starter Matt Leonard carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but his Mustangs were trailing as of the fourth, when LMU scored an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead. DeAndre Miller drew the leadoff walk from Leonard, and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Marty Mullins. Miller then scored on a passed ball.
LMU got its first hit in the seventh inning, when Michael Glomb tripled to right center with two outs. But Leonard got out of the inning without further damage, stranding three Lions on base.
The Lions were able to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Justin Bunkis singled to score Angelo Songco, who had singled earlier in the inning off reliever Evan Reed. The run, which came with two outs, gave the Lions their 2-0 lead. Reed entered the game in the ninth Saturday looking for redemption, as his overthrow error Friday night cost the Mustangs two runs in the top of the ninth that proved to be the difference in the LMU game one victory.
The left-handed Macias (1-2) had an impressive eight inning shutout effort for the Lions. He gave up just six hits while striking out two en route to his first win of the season.
Beal came on to throw the ninth for the Lions, earning his third save of the season and the second in as many games after holding the Mustangs hitless with one strikeout.
Leonard suffered the loss, falling to 1-2 after a strong outing of his own. The Cal Poly freshman worked seven innings without allowing an earned run and giving up only the hit to Glomb. The Lions' were able to capitalize on his six walks, however, as their first run to had reached base on one of those walks.
The three-game series concludes Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Baggett Stadium. Fans can follow the action live on www.LMULions.com through both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.