March 11, 2007
METAIRIE, La. - LMU scored in the first inning and led the entire rubber match, as the Lions topped 28th-ranked Tulane 3-2 to win the series over the Green Wave (12-6), who advanced to the College World Series just two seasons ago in 2005. The Lions (10-12-1) have now won six of their last seven games.
Like in Saturday's day two, LMU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after leadoff hitter Eric Farris started the frame with a single up the middle. After Farris stole second, DeAndre Miller sacrificed him to third. Angelo Songco used a groundout to second to plate Farris.
The Lions made it 2-0 in the sixth when Farris doubled as the leadoff hitter and later scored on a single by Miller.
Tulane cut the Lion lead in half in the bottom of the same frame when a leadoff walk in Nate Simon came around and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Aja Barto.
LMU was able to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth to make it a 3-1 lead. With two outs, Will Dugoni singled to left to score new left fielder Jeremy LaMell, who was hit by a pitch from reliever Daniel Latham.
Lion closer Andy Beal came on to toss the ninth and loaded the bases with one out. Beal struck out reigning C-USA Hitter of the Week Nate Simon, but walked Tim Guidry to bring in Anthony Scelfo. Still with a 3-2 lead, Beal got pinch hitter Sean Morgan to groundout to seal the victory with his fifth save of the season. The five saves places Beal among LMU's all-time season leaders in the saves category.
Starter Brian Wilson moved to 2-0 after throwing 6.2 innings and holding Tulane to just one run on six hits while striking out five. The Lions' right-hander held the Green Wave scoreless for the first five frames.
Tulane right-hander Shooter Hunt fell to 3-2 after allowing two runs on six hits in his 6.1 innings of work.
The LMU pitching staff stranded 13 Tulane runners on base Sunday.
Offensively, LMU was led by Farris, who went 3-for-5 today and 7-for-10 after Saturday and Sunday's wins. Michael Glomb also had two hits for LMU.
Farris also flashed his speed Sunday, tallying three stolen bases by the third inning. The Lions' junior needs just four more to reach the Lions' all-time top-10 list in career stolen bases.
The Lions, who do not have a mid-week game on the schedule this week, will remain on the road at UC Santa Barbara next weekend. Follow the Lions on the road right here at www.LMULions.com.