March 26, 2006
Riverside, Calif. - Playing their eighth game in 10 days, the Lions fell short in game two of the doubleheader and dropped a 9-2 decision to UC Riverside (14-9) to conclude the three-game road series. LMU will now head back to Los Angeles for a big week that will see the Lions (11-19) host fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday and Pepperdine in the West Coast Conference opening weekend series.
In game two Sunday, the Lions came out of the gates running, getting leadoff batters DeAndre Miller and A.J. LaMonda on base with singles. The runners advanced on a flyout by Chris Pettit and both scored on a single by Erik Johnson to put the Lions up 2-0. Johnson's single extended his team-best hitting streak to 13 games.
But, beginning in the second, the Highlanders rattled off nine unanswered runs over the next seven innings. D.J. Hollingsworth led the way with his two-run home run in the sixth.
LMU starter Nathan Keadle (0-1) worked three innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Relievers Ezequiel Ruvalcaba, Brian Wilson, and Roberto Torres followed for LMU, with Ruvalcaba holding the Highlanders to one run in his two innings of work.
Highlander starter Taylor Bills (2-1) threw seven innings for the win.
Offensively, Casey Gordon led the Lions with a 2-for-3 effort. Johnson and Miller each went 2-for-4, with Johnson adding the two RBI.
For UCR, Jaime Pedroza went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
LMU will now return to host fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton Tuesday at Page Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.