April 9, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - A five-run fourth inning and an impressive outing by junior Daniel Macias gave LMU (14-23, 3-3 WCC) the 7-1 win in game three of the three-game West Coast Conference series Sunday against Saint Mary's. Macias held the Gaels (16-15, 3-3 WCC) to just one run in his career-long 7.2 innings of work.
The Lions took the 7-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth after scoring five runs in the frame. LMU catcher Sean Dovel, who finished the day 3-for-4, started the Lion rally in the fourth with his one-run single that scored Chris Pettit. Pettit had drawn the leadoff walk from Saint Mary's starter Ian Farmer.
After senior Kyle Mura executed the sacrifice bunt, Casey Gordon singled through the right side to bring in Brian Wilson, who had also singled earlier in the inning. Anthony Soto's groundout scored Dovel, and a pair of hits from Eric Farris and Erik Johnson brought in the Lions' fourth and fifth runs of the inning.
For Johnson, the single marked a 20-game hitting streak for the senior. The 20-gamer equals the streak Joe Frazee (2002-05, Philadelphia Phillies) strung together as a freshman in 2002.
That was all the Lions would need, as both teams went scoreless in the final five innings.
Macias (3-6) earned the win for LMU after working a career-long 7.2 innings and holding the Gaels to just the one run. The left-hander added three strikeouts.
Macias gave way to reliever Roberto Torres, who threw the final 1.1 innings and held SMC to one hit.
Trailing 2-0, the Gaels' only run came in the top of the fourth when they got a pair of doubles by Joel Staples and Ian Gordon.
After back-to-back singles in the second inning by Wilson and Dovel, Mura added one of his own that plated Wilson. But SMC center fielder Sam Carter could not come up with Mura's shot cleanly, and the miscue allowed Dovel to score from first as well to give the Lions the 2-0 lead.
Farmer (1-7) worked just four innings for the Gaels, suffering the loss after allowing the seven runs on eight LMU hits. Relievers Justin Sloan and Chris Mezzavilla combined to throw the final four for Saint Mary's.
Offensively, Staples and Mike Harris each put together 2-for-4 efforts for SMC.
In addition to Dovel's 3-for-4 day at the plate, Farris and Wilson went 2-for-4.
Without a Tuesday match-up for the second straight week, the Lions will start next weekend's three-game WCC series at San Diego early due to the Easter holiday. LMU and USD will begin the series Thursday with a 3:00 p.m. start from Cunningham Stadium. Fans who can't make the trip with the Lions can catch all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.