March 19, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU put up double-digit hits for the sixth time in eight games, but it was not enough to top Cal State Northridge's seven runs on 16 hits Sunday afternoon. The Lions (10-15) fell to CSUN (11-14) 7-2 at Page Stadium, dropping their first weekend series since the middle of February.
On most other outings, 10 hits would seem to be sufficient, as Erik Johnson, Kyle Mura, and Brian Wilson each had two for the Lions. But Sunday, the Matadors put up 16 hits and pushed seven runs across to win the rubber match at Page Stadium.
CSUN did its damage early, notching six straight hits off LMU starter Daniel Macias with one out in the first inning. The Matadors finished the first with three runs, but left the bases loaded when Macias got a fielder's choice ball and an infield pop-up from the bottom of the lineup to get out of the jam.
The Lions came out and answered in the second, putting the first two batters on base when DeAndre Miller was hit by starter Jimmy Brettl and Johnson singled through the left side. Mura's single to shortstop allowed Johnson to score. Chris Pettit and Wilson then put up back-to-back singles to drive in Mura and keep it at a one-run game.
But CSUN tacked on four more runs over three different innings and held the Lions scoreless for the remainder of the game to hold on to the 7-2 victory.
In his first career start, Brettl (3-1) worked six innings and allowed the Lions' two runs in the first, although they were both unearned.
Bobby Paschal threw the final three innings for the Matadors and picked up his first save of the season.
Macias (2-5) worked 5.1 innings, allowing CSUN's first five runs on 11 hits. Combining with relievers Roberto Torres (2.1 innings) and Wilson, the LMU pitching staff walked just one batter on the afternoon. Wilson struck out two in his scoreless 1.1 innings of work.
Catcher Steve Lemmon led the Matadors with his 4-for-5 effort.
For the fourth time in five games, the Lions played errorless defense. Offensively, seven different Lions totaled hits Sunday.
LMU will have a fourth look at CSUN, as the Matadors and Lions will meet for the last mid-week match-up of the regular season on May 16 at Page Stadium.
LMU will remain at home for two mid-week contests this week. USC will visit Page Stadium this Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., before Northwestern battles the Lions Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be carried on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.