March 10, 2006
Las Cruces, New Mexico - A balanced scoring attack, highlighted by a four-run first inning, gave the Lions a lead they would never relinquish in game one of the three-game series at New Mexico State. The Lions (7-12) out-hit the Aggies (10-10) 13-8 to take the 1-0 lead in the series with the 9-5 win Friday night in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The Lions doubled their season home run total Friday to four, as A.J. LaMonda and Sean Dovel picked up their first homers of the season. Dovel went on to finish 3-for-4 with two RBI, with two of those three hits being for extra bases. LaMonda and Eric Farris also added 2-for-4, two RBI efforts.
LMU took a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first, once again started by a leadoff batter drawing a walk. DeAndre Miller drew the walk from NMSU starter Jason Conner and advanced on a double by designated hitter Brian Wilson. Eric Farris' groundout plated Miller, just before senior Chris Pettit drew the second walk of the inning. Wilson was able to cross the plate on an errant throw by catcher Brandon Lance. Then with two outs, A.J. LaMonda homered over the right field wall to score Pettit for the 4-0 LMU lead.
The Lions never looked back, scoring single runs in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to preserve their lead.
NMSU scored in four innings, including two in the fourth on a home run by Jason Long. Long finished with two in the game.
LMU starter Brad Meyers improved to 2-2 after throwing seven innings and equaling his career-high six strikeouts.
Reliever Roberto Torres followed, throwing the final two innings and striking out four.
NMSU's Conner fell to 1-1 after allowing seven runs in six innings of work.
Eight different Lions tallied hits Friday.
The Lions and Aggies return for game two of the three-game series Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. PST, with LMU's Andy Beal facing NMSU's Brian Gausman. Fans can follow all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.