April 10, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Three straight hits, including back-to-back doubles by Elvis Herrera and Angelo Songco, broke open a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning to give LMU (14-22-1) the 3-1 non-conference win over San Diego State (21-15) Tuesday at Page Stadium. Herrera finished 3-for-3 in the contest.
With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Sean Dovel went to the plate with two outs after left-handed starter Lance Sewell had retired the first two Lions in order. Dovel managed an infield single and stole second to set up the back-to-back doubles by Herrera and Songco that made it 3-1 LMU.
San Diego State took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Cameron Johnson's single plated Brandon Glover, who had doubled to leadoff the inning.
The Lions tied it at one on an unearned run in the fourth. Eric Farris leadoff with a bunt single and advanced to second on an errant throw by Sewell. He later scored from third on another throwing error, this time one charged to catcher Chris Anderson who was trying to catch Elvis Herrera stealing second.
The Aztecs finished with the two errors on the day, while LMU was perfect defensively.
Sewell (4-3), who entered the contest as a Sunday starter for the Aztecs, suffered the loss after 5.2 innings that saw him charged with the three runs on seven hits.
Lion freshman Xavier Esquivel made his career start and worked 5.0 innings, allowing the Aztecs' only run on four hits with three strikeouts. Esquivel gave way to Mike Kenney before factoring into the decision Tuesday.
Kenney (1-2) earned his first career win after throwing the sixth and seventh innings for the Lions. He held SDSU scoreless on two hits.
Usual weekend starters Brad Meyers and Brian Wilson also got some work in, each throwing an inning Tuesday after last weekend's holiday schedule. Wilson earned his first career save after striking out two in the ninth.
In addition to Herrera's 3-for-3, one RBI day, Farris finished 2-for-4.
Johnson led SDSU offensively, going 2-for-4 as well.
LMU returns to West Coast Conference play this weekend, as the Lions face a three-game road series at Saint Mary's. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday from Moraga, Calif. Fans can catch all of the action right here on www.LMULions.com on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.