March 25, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Sunday's rubber match bounced the way of UC Davis, as the Aggies earned the series win with a 16-5 victory over LMU at Page Stadium. The Lions (11-18-1) hit three home runs in the final two innings, but it was too little too late as the Aggies (8-13) had posted eight runs in the sixth.
Sunday marked the first time since March 2006 that the Lions had put up three round-trippers in one game. The three home runs came from freshman Angelo Songco, sophomore Brett Mendoza, and senior Elvis Herrera. It was the first career home run for Herrera.
The Lions totaled 12 hits, but could only push across five runs, while the Aggies scored their 16 on 18 hits.
UC Davis had built a 5-0 lead by the second inning thanks to seven early hits.
LMU scored one in the bottom of the second when Angelo Songco's sacrifice fly plated Herrera, who had singled earlier in the frame.
The Aggies added three unearned runs in the fourth after two singles, a walk, and a Lion error.
But the real damage came in the top of the sixth, when UC Davis hung eight runs on the scoreboard to take a 16-1 lead. The biggest blow came on a three-run inside-the-park home run off the bat of Matt Dempsey.
The Lions rallied to score four runs off six hits in their final three at bats. The first run came in the seventh when a sacrifice fly from Jeremy LaMell scored Eric Farris, who had been hit by a pitch to start the inning. Farris had moved to third on a single by Michael Glomb and a wild pitch by UCD reliever Colin McCusker.
The next three runs came in the form of home runs, as the Lions tallied two in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Senior left-hander Daniel Macias suffered the loss, falling to 2-3 after working four innings. He struck out four, but was charged with four earned runs.
Aggie starter Jeff Reekers improved to 2-2 after throwing 6.0 innings. He held LMU to the one run on six hits.
Eight different Lions tallied a hit Sunday, led by Herrera's 3-for-5 day at the plate. Herrera reached base four times Sunday, as his last at bat featured an error by UCD shortstop Justin Schafer.
Songco also went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
LMU finished the day without a strikeout at the plate.
UCD was led by Dempsey, who went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
The Lions do not play a mid-week game this Tuesday, but will remain at home to open West Coast Conference play against San Francisco. The three-game series with the Dons will begin Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Page Stadium.