March 21, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - A nine-run eighth inning handed USC the 14-4 win over LMU (10-16) Tuesday at Page Stadium. The two teams were tied at four until the top of the sixth, when the Trojans (15-11) started the run to put up 10 runs over the final four innings for the mid-week win.
Holding a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth, USC scored nine runs on eight hits to break open the Tuesday game. Designated hitter Baron Frost led the offensive charge going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Two of those four hits came in the eigth, including one of his three doubles on the day.
LMU had built a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Brian Wilson and Eric Farris recorded back-to-back singles off USC starter John Dunn. Senior Erik Johnson then put up a three-run double to left that scored Wilson, Farris, and Chris Pettit, who had reached on the game's only error.
USC took the 4-3 lead in the top of the third, but the Lions tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Wilson's singled plated Sean Dovel, who had doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning.
The Trojans used a single run in the top of the sixth to take the 5-4 lead.
Sophomore Nathan Keadle made his second career start for the Lions and worked 3.2 innings. He was charged with the four runs, but struck out a career-high five batters, including USC hit/RBI-leader Cyle Hankerd twice.
Ezequiel Ruvalcaba followed in relief and suffered his first decision of the season after allowing the go-ahead run.
Shawn Olsen (3-1) earned the win for the Trojans after throwing 4.1 innings.
Johnson (2-for-3, three RBI), Wilson (2-for-3, one RBI), and Farris (3-for-4) led the Lions at the plate. Both of Johnson's hits were doubles. The LMU catchers in Dovel and Brett Mendoza notched the only other two hits on the afternoon for the Lions.
In a busy week for the Lions, LMU will have another home game this week when Northwestern visits Page Stadium this Thursday for a 2:00 match-up. Fans can follow all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.