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Lions Drop Series Opener 5-3

April 7, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - After winning the West Coast Conference opening series last weekend, LMU dropped game one of this weekend's WCC series 5-3 to Saint Mary's (14-14, 2-2 WCC). The Lions (13-22, 2-2 WCC) tallied 11 hits, but left 13 runners on base Friday at Page Stadium.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lions got on the scoreboard when Eric Farris' sacrifice fly scored Chris Pettit, who had doubled to leadoff the inning. It was the 60th career double for Pettit, who ranks fifth all-time in the LMU record book in career doubles.

Scoring in the second straight inning, LMU made it 5-2 when Anthony Soto's single up the middle scored Sean Dovel from second. Dovel had put up his sixth double in three games earlier in the inning.

The Lions threatened in the eighth, getting the first two runners on base after back-to-back singles by pinch-hitter DeAndre Miller and third baseman Kyle Mura. Soto sacrificed them over to second and third to set up Pettit's RBI groundout to make it 5-3.

But that was as close as LMU would get after leaving 13 runners on base.

Saint Mary's picked up its biggest boost in the fifth, when the Gaels scored three unearned runs after leading off the inning with back-to-back singles.

LMU starter Brad Meyers struck out a career-high seven in his seven innings of work. He held the Gaels to two earned runs. Meyers (5-3) and reliever Lee Roberts combined to throw the nine innings without issuing a walk. Roberts threw the final two innings and held the Gaels scoreless on one hit. He faced just seven batters and retired the side in order in the top of the ninth.

Saint Mary's Joel Fountain earned the win and improved to 5-3 on the season after throwing six innings and allowing two runs on nine hits. Dan Lewis picked up his first save after tossing the final three innings.

Offensively, the Gaels were led by Preston Young and Ian Gordon, who combined to go 6-for-10 with three RBI.

Pettit led the Lions with a 3-for-5 day of his own at the plate. Fellow senior Erik Johnson extended his team-best hitting streak to 18 games after doubling to left in the third. The 18-game mark is the Lions' longest hit streak since Joe Frazee (2002-05, Philadelphia Phillies) hit safely in 20 straight games as a freshman in 2002.

The Lions and Gaels continue the series tomorrow, with first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m. at Page Stadium. Fans can catch the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

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