March 20, 2007
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Tuesday's soggy Southern California weather left its mark on the contest between LMU and Cal State Northridge, as the Lions (10-16-1) fell 9-3 in the shortened, seven-inning game. The game started 45-minutes late due to rain and was called after the Matadors (12-16) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The teams combined for three errors in the sloppy game, and all of LMU's runs were unearned as the Lions capitalized on the Matador miscues.
Trailing 5-1 in the top of the seventh, Michael Glomb drew a leadoff walk from CSUN starter Edwin Quirarte. Back-to-back singles by Eric Farris and Brian Wilson loaded the bases for the Lions. The Lions then scored two runs on an errant throw by Matador third baseman Richard Cates that would have ended the inning.
But the Matadors secured the win in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases after a leadoff double and a pair of walks. From there, a walk, two singles, and a hit batter plated the four runs for Cal State Northridge to make it 9-3. The umpires called the game following the seventh inning due to continued rain and impending darkness.
Cal State Northridge had taken a 3-0 lead by the fourth inning. The Lions made it 3-1 in the fifth after Glomb singled and later scored on a Farris groundout after an errant throw had advanced Glomb to third.
The Matadors went up 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run home run by John Parham.
The starters were the pitchers of record Tuesday, as LMU's Nate Keadle (0-1) worked the first three innings. He was charged with two earned runs on three hits while striking out three.
Quirarte (2-3) threw 6.1 innings to earn the victory.
Farris and DeAndre Miller combined for a 4-for-7 day at the plate.
Jorge Andrade Jr. led Northridge offensively, going 3-for-4.
After playing 10 of their last 11 games on the road, LMU returns to Page Stadium this weekend to host UC Davis for a three-game series. First pitch Friday is set for a 3:00 p.m. start. Fans who can't make it to Page Stadium for the series can catch all of the action on Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio both at www.LMULions.com.