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Gauchos Get Last Word in Eighth Inning Rally

March 16, 2007

Box Score

Santa Barbara, Calif. - A back-and-forth game found LMU on the wrong side of things Friday, as the Lions (10-13-1) dropped game one of a three-game series 6-4 to UC Santa Barbara at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Junior Eric Farris tied the game in the eighth inning on a solo home run, but the Gauchos (8-10) retaliated with two runs in the bottom of the frame for the win.

Trailing 4-3 in the eighth, LMU's leadoff batter Farris sent a 2-2 pitch over the 400' sign in center field to tie the game at 4-4.

That set up the late-game heroics for the Gauchos, who pushed the winning runs across on a two-out single up the middle off the bat of Cody Dee.

LMU reliever Xavier Esquivel (0-1) suffered his first collegiate decision after putting the go-ahead runs on board. Esquivel gave way to Nate Keadle, who faced the final three Gauchos, including Dee.

UC Santa Barbara closer Justin Segal came on to throw the ninth inning and picked up his third save of the season after retiring the Lions in order.

The two teams were scoreless behind a solid pitchers' duel until the Gauchos put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff walk, sacrifice, and pair of singles.

The Lions cut that UCSB lead in half when DeAndre Miller's double plated Will Dugoni to make it 2-1. Dugoni had been hit by UCSB starter Steve Morlock with one out in the inning.

LMU took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Marty Mullins and pinch-hitter Brett Mendoza. Mullins' double scored Brian Wilson, who had drawn a one-out walk from Morlock.

UCSB took the lead right back in the bottom of the frame, scoring two runs on a two-out, bases-loaded single to left to make it 4-3 Gauchos.

Morlock improved to 3-3 after working 8.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.

LMU's Brad Meyers did not factor into the decision after leaving the game at the 4-4 tie. Meyers worked 7.0 innings for his fourth straight start. He allowed the four runs on eight hits, while striking out six.

Farris and Miller each went 2-for-4 with an RBI Friday. Mendoza added the two RBI with his big double in the seventh.

The non-conference series continues Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start in Santa Barbara, Calif. Fans can follow the action at www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.