{{ article.title }}

USF Baseball Falls to Loyola Marymount 9-4

April 1, 2007

Final Stats

(Los Angeles) - San Francisco jumped to a 4-1 lead in the fourth, but Loyola Marymount's (13-19, 2-1 WCC) seven runs in the bottom of the frame went unanswered as the Dons (15-15, 1-2 WCC) fall to the Lions 9-4 in West Coast Conference action at Page Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The series loss to LMU is the first for USF since the 2004 season.

Senior catcher Jonathan Norfolk continued his hot bat against Loyola, going 3-for-4 and 6-for-7 in his last two games. He added an RBI and a run scored. Senior designated hitter Daniel Morales homered, a two-run shot in the fourth.

USF's four runs all came in the fourth inning. Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble walked to start the frame and moved to third on junior right fielder Luke Sommer's double, and scored on junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's sacrifice fly. Sommer then scored on a single to right by Norfolk before Morales homer.

Junior right-hander Tommy Peale (1-1) pitched 3.2 innings, giving up eight runs (three earned) off seven hits and three walks and added two strikeouts. Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich allowed the Lion's final run (unearned) off two hits in 3.1 innings. Junior right-hander Brian Anderson threw a one hit, scoreless inning.

For the Lions, senior left-hander Daniel Macias (3-3) earned the win after 6.2 innings, allowing four earned runs off eight hits, three walks, and also recorded three strikeouts.

USF returns to action tomorrow in a non-conference match-up with Washington State University at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch against the Cougars is set for 1:00 PM.