April 13, 2006
San Diego, Calif. - LMU equaled 23rd-ranked San Diego in the hit column Thursday, but left 12 runners on base as the Lions (14-24, 3-4 WCC) dropped the West Coast Conference series opener 6-4 at Cunningham Stadium. The Toreros (24-13, 5-2 WCC) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh for the come-from-behind win.
LMU built a 4-2 lead by the top of the seventh, including a three-run third inning. Two doubles brought in three runs for the Lions when Chris Pettit's double scored DeAndre Miller, who had drawn the leadoff walk from USD starter Brian Matusz, and Sean Dovel's double plated Pettit and Kyle Mura, who had also walked. For Pettit, the shot marked his 62nd career double, tying him for third all-time at LMU with Hall of Famer Anthony Napolitano (1991-94). Dovel (12th) and Pettit (30th) both rank among the nation's best in doubles per game.
The Lions added one in the seventh to go up by two when pinch hitter Justin Bunkis singled through the right side to score Pettit who had singled earlier in the inning.
But a big seventh inning was all the Toreros needed, as they scored four runs on five hits to take back the two-run lead. San Diego had scored first in the contest, posting a single run in the first inning on a double by Jordan Abruzzo. USD added a solo run in the sixth on a Steve Singleton home run.
LMU's Brad Meyers (5-4) suffered the loss after seven innings of work. He was charged with San Diego's six runs.
USD reliever Ricardo Pecina improved to 4-1, earning the decision after throwing the seventh for the Toreros.
The Lions equaled the Toreros in hits with 11, but left 12 runners on base, including three on third.
Singleton finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Mura had a 3-for-4 day at the plate for the Lions, while Dovel added the two RBI.
LMU and 23rd-ranked San Diego continue the three-game series with game two tomorrow. The teams will play at 3:30 at Cunningham Stadium. Fans who can't make it to San Diego can follow all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.