April 1, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. Though early-morning rain delayed the start of the game one hour, the Lions did not waste any time earning their first 2006 West Coast Conference series win. LMU (13-20) did it with an 11-10 thriller over 19th-ranked Pepperdine (19-13) Saturday at Page Stadium.
With the scored tied for the sixth time in the bottom of the ninth, LMU catcher Sean Dovel launched a one-out double to the corner in right field. Casey Gordon drew the intentional walk from reliever Jason Dominguez, and Anthony Soto made it bases-loaded with two outs for the Lions when he reached on a fielding error by second baseman David Uribes. That brought senior Chris Pettit to the plate and that was all it took, as Pettit was hit by Dominguez to bring in Dovel for the win.
Dominguez fell to 2-1 with the loss after throwing the final 1.1 innings for the Waves.
Senior Kyle Mura earned his first career decision for the Lions after throwing the ninth.
The Waves had tied the game at 10 in the top of the ninth after scoring two runs on a Justin Tellam home run. But Mura prevented further damage, getting the next two batters to flyout.
Though he did not factor into the decision, LMU's Andy Beal made it back-to-back strong starts for the LMU pitching staff this weekend. Beal worked seven innings, allowing Pepperdine just three runs on eight hits. The sophomore right-hander struck out five.
LMU took an 8-3 lead after scoring five in the bottom of the sixth. The Lions tallied seven hits that inning, including three straight by Erik Johnson, A.J. LaMonda, and Dovel to leadoff the inning. Dovel's shot was a one-run double, leaving him with two extra base hits in today's game.
The Waves answered back with a five-spot of their own in the top of the eighth to set up the WCC thriller. Their big inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Tellam. Tellam finished 4-for-5 with four RBI.
Dovel finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored after starting the rally in the ninth. Pettit, Johnson, LaMonda, Mura, Soto, and Brian Wilson each had two hits for LMU.
Saturday's win clinches the three-game series for the Lions, making it the fifth straight season LMU has won its WCC opening series. LMU has topped Pepperdine in the regular season series for three straight seasons.
LMU and Pepperdine will wrap-up the series at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Page Stadium. Fans who can't make it to the ballpark can catch all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.