March 18, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - LMU never led in a game three that just got away, as UC Santa Barbara came out on top 11-2 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Lions (10-15-1), who had won six of seven games heading into this weekend's series, could not steal a win from the Gauchos (10-10) on the road.
LMU has one more road game remaining in the stretch before a long-awaited return home to Page Stadium next weekend to host UC Davis.
The Gauchos jumped to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, thanks in part to a two-run home run by Cody Dee.
UCSB added another two runs in the third inning after a pair of hits and an error.
The Lions got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth, scoring an unearned run on a sacrifice fly by Angelo Songco.
But the Gauchos were not finished yet, scoring four runs in the seventh inning. UCSB tallied three hits and got four free passes from three different Lion relievers to extend the lead to 10-1.
The Lions made it 10-2 in the top of the eighth after leadoff batter Michael Glomb singled and later scored on another sacrifice fly by Songco.
UCSB sealed the sweep with a single run in the eighth after a leadoff double by Chris McMurray.
LMU starter Brian Wilson was challenged early, but settled down to retire the final nine batters he faced. Wilson finished throwing 5.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. He struck out three, but suffered his first pitching loss of his career to fall to 2-1 on the season.
UCSB starter Brian Tracy (1-1) earned the win after throwing 8.0 innings and holding the Lions to the two runs.
The Lions face another Big West opponent Tuesday when they travel to Cal State Northridge to wrap-up the season series with the Matadors. First pitch from Northridge is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Fans who can't make it to Northridge can follow the Lions on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.