April 9, 2006
Los Angeles, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped the series finale to Loyola Marymount by the score of 7-1 Sunday afternoon from Page Stadium. The Gaels though took the series from the Lions and return to Moraga with a 2-1 record on the road trip. After the day, SMC moves to 16-15 overall and 3-3 in West Coast Conference play.
The Gaels recorded their lone run of the game in the top of the fourth inning on the strength of back-to-back doubles. Freshman Joel Staples led off the inning with a two-bagger down the left field line. Sophomore catcher Ian Gordon followed with a double of his own down the right field line.
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.
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 7.2 innings and holding the Gaels to just the one run. The left-hander added three strikeouts and retired the Gaels in order in the first, fifth, and seventh innings.Macias gave way to reliever Roberto Torres, who threw the final 1.1 innings and held SMC to one hit.
After back-to-back singles in the second inning by Wilson and Dovel, Mura added one of his own that plated Wilson.An SMC miscue allowed Dovel to score from first as well to give the Lions the 2-0 lead.
Saint Mary's senior hurler Farmer (1-7) worked just four innings for the Gaels, suffering the loss after allowing the seven runs on eight LMU hits. Seniors Justin Sloan and Chris Mezzavilla combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief.
Offensively, Staples and Mike Harris each put together 2-for-4 efforts for SMC.
Saint Mary's returns to action on Tuesday, April 11 when the Gaels host the UC Davis Aggies. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.