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Lions Fall to Long Ball

April 8, 2006

Box Score

Los Angeles, Calif. - Though the Lions and the Gaels were tied with seven hits, two of Saint Mary's seven were home runs that brought across all five runs of the Gaels' (16-14, 3-2 WCC) runs in their 5-2 victory. The LMU (13-23, 2-3 WCC) offense could not make up the difference Saturday at Page Stadium.

The Lions took a 1-0 lead early, as Erik Johnson's single up the middle brought in Chris Pettit from second base in the bottom of the first. Pettit had led off with a double for the Lions, moving his career mark to 61 to tie him with Billy Bean (1983-86) for fourth all-time in the LMU record book. For Johnson, the single improved his hitting streak to 19 straight games, the longest for a Lion since Joe Frazee (2002-05, Philadelphia Phillies) hit in 20 consecutive games as a freshman in 2002.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second, second baseman Mike Harris put the Gaels up 2-1 with the first home run of the game.

But the Lions answered, making it 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Johnson started the inning with his second single of the day, and went to second when Eric Farris was hit by a pitch. The two advanced on a throwing error by catcher Ian Gordon, and Johnson later scored on a wild pitch by Corey Madden.

The game's final runs were scored in the top of the sixth, when Delaney Gallagher homered over the Mikos Blue Monster to make it 5-3.

All of Saint Mary's five runs were scored on the two home runs.

Madden worked the full nine innings for the Gaels and improved to 4-1 on the season.

LMU starter Andy Beal nearly matched Madden's complete game, throwing a career-long 8.2 innings before giving way to Brian Wilson. Beal (2-6) equaled a career-high six strikeouts while walking just one batter.

Johnson and shortstop Casey Gordon each went 2-for-3 for the Lions.

LMU and Saint Mary's will conclude the three-game WCC series Sunday, with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. at Page Stadium. Fans who can't make it to the ballpark Sunday can catch all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.