March 18, 2006
Northridge, Calif. - Saturday's game at Cal State Northridge set up a rubber match for Sunday at Page Stadium, as LMU (10-14) fell to the Matadors 6-3. Senior Kyle Mura went 2-for-2 with a run scored, but it was not enough to top CSUN's (10-14) four-run fourth inning that saw them take the lead for good.
Cal State Northridge used four straight singles to hang four runs in the fourth inning and take the 5-2 lead.
The Matadors added a single run in the bottom of the eighth when a sacrifice bunt scored Noah Scott from third to make it 6-2.
LMU had put up single runs in the second and fourth innings. Both came with two outs, beginning when Mura singled up the middle to score Chris Pettit, who had drawn the walk from CSUN starter Chuckie Fick earlier in the inning.
Again with two outs in the fourth inning, A.J. LaMonda's double over Matador right fielder Brett Blumenthal's head drove in Erik Johnson from second to make it 2-1 LMU. Johnson had singled and advanced to second on his second stolen base of the season.
Trailing 6-2 in the top of the ninth, pinch hitter Justin Bunkis brought in one run on his bases-loaded groundout to first.
Fick improved to 2-4 after five innings of work Sunday. He allowed two runs on four hits. Reliever Joe Rocchio earned his second save of the season after entering the game with bases loaded in the top of the ninth.
Andy Beal made the start for the Lions and worked seven innings. He rebounded after the four-run fourth inning to retire 10 of his final 11 batters faced, but suffered the loss to fall to 2-4.
In addition to Mura's 2-for-2 outing, DeAndre Miller, Johnson, and LaMonda notched hits for the Lions.
The Lions and Matadors will conclude the three-game series with a rubber match at LMU's Page Stadium Sunday with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m., as the Lions go for their fourth straight weekend series victory. The split-site for the weekend series makes it an even two games at home for each team when combined with the Tuesday game scheduled for Page Stadium on May 16. Fans can follow all of Sunday's action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.