March 7, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU came up on the wrong end of a back-and-forth battle with 22nd-ranked Long Beach State Tuesday. The lead switched seven times before the 49ers finished the bottom of the ninth with the 9-8 win.
With a 7-7 tie in the top of the seventh, the 22nd-ranked 49ers (11-7) tallied two runs to take the advantage back for good. LMU (6-12) cut it to a one run game again in the eighth when doubles by freshman Brian Wilson and junior A.J. LaMonda made it 9-8. The Lions tallied a total of seven doubles on the day, just one shy of the LMU-record eight doubles in a single game.
LMU had taken a 2-1 lead in the third when freshman Nik Garcia drew the leadoff walk from LBSU starter Scott Turmail. DeAndre Miller drove in Garcia on a double and later scored himself on a double by sophomore Eric Farris.
Four singles gave the 49ers three runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but the Lions hung with them scoring three in the fifth and two in the bottom of the sixth to tie things at seven.
Sophomore Nathan Keadle made his first career start for the Lions and worked four innings, allowing the first four runs on six hits. With his second career appearance, freshman Mike Kenney suffered the loss after giving up the final two runs in his 0.1 inning.
Wilson and sophomore Greg Nagy combined to hold the 49ers scoreless in the final 2.2 innings.
LBSU reliever Brian Shaw picked up his first decision after working the final 3.1 for the 49ers.
Matt Cline went 3-for-3 with four RBI for Long Beach State.
Farris and Michael Glomb each went 2-for-4 for the Lions. Farris added three RBI, while Glomb tallied two of the Lions' seven doubles.
The Lions now head to Las Cruces, New Mexico, for a three-game series at New Mexico State. Fans can follow all of the action on the Lions' Audio Network at www.LMULions.com.