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Lions Just Short of Sweep

April 2, 2006

Box Score

Los Angeles, Calif. - In another back-and-forth game between LMU and 19th-ranked Pepperdine, the Waves (20-13, 1-2 WCC) scored two in the top of the ninth to escape the Lion sweep Sunday at Page Stadium. LMU (12-21, 2-1 WCC) had battled back from a 4-0 deficit in the sixth, but fell just short after not retaliating in the bottom of the ninth.

The Lions had already clinched the West Coast Conference series by winning Friday's game one and Saturday's game two. It was the WCC opening series for both teams.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth, sophomore Eric Farris hit a leadoff double. Senior Erik Johnson followed with his second home run of the series to cut the Waves' lead in half. Johnson had already moved his team-best hitting streak to 17 games with a single in the fourth.

Scoring in the second straight inning, LMU took the 6-4 lead after scoring four in the seventh. Johnson's single up the middle plated Chris Pettit, who had reached earlier in the inning on a fielder's choice. Junior A.J. LaMonda then reached on an error by shortstop Danny Worth, which allowed Farris to cross the plate. That set-up Sean Dovel's two-run double to right center. It was the fifth double in two games for the sophomore, who recorded three on Saturday.

Pepperdine tied things again in the top of the eighth when Adrian Ortiz and Chad Tracy put up back-to-back one-run singles.

LMU took its final lead of the game when Pettit doubled in the bottom of the eighth and later scored on a Farris fielder's choice. Pettit's double brought his career mark to 59, giving him sole possession of the fifth-place spot in the all-time record book for doubles. That mark also places him in the top-10 all-time in the West Coast Conference.

Pepperdine answered back to salvage the final game of the series when David Uribes' two-run single scored Worth, who had doubled to leadoff the inning, and Donald Brown who had walked.

LMU reliever Ezequiel Ruvalcaba fell to 0-2 on the season after being charged with those go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth.

Reliever Bryce Stowell earned his first decision of the season after throwing the final 1.1 innings for the Waves.

Left-hander Daniel Macias made the start for the Lions and worked five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.

Sophomore Barry Enright was the starter for Pepperdine and threw 6.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits.

At the plate, Johnson finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI for the Lions. Dovel, Farris, and Anthony Soto each had 2-for-4 outings.

The Lions, who do not have a mid-week game this week, remain at home to host Saint Mary's in the three-game WCC series next week. The Gaels will enter the series 1-2 in WCC play after dropping two of three to San Diego this weekend. Next week's series will begin with Friday's 3:00 p.m. start. Fans who can't make it to the ballpark can catch all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

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