April 13, 2007
MORAGA, Calif. - LMU scored 11 runs on 15 hits to top Saint Mary's (16-17-1, 0-7 WCC) 11-3 in game one of a three-game West Coast Conference series Friday in Moraga, Calif. Eric Farris had three hits and Elvis Herrera drove in five runs as the Lions (15-22-1, 3-4 WCC) scored in five different innings.
The game's first five runs were all unearned, as sloppy defense characterized things early. The Gaels, who had two errors in the first two innings, finished the game with three, all charged to shortstop Joel Staples.
LMU scored two in the first after leadoff batters Farris and DeAndre Miller got on thanks to an error and a walk.
Saint Mary's then cut the early LMU lead in half, scoring one in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Staples.
LMU added two in the second when Miller and Joe Zeller each singled and scored.
Lion starter Brian Wilson settled after a tough first inning and held the Gaels scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Wilson (3-4) earned the win after 5.2 innings of work, holding Saint Mary's to two earned runs on three hits.
The Lions went up 8-1 after scoring one in the fifth and three in the sixth. With two outs in the fifth, Angelo Songco hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot off the scoreboard in right field. Then in the sixth, Herrera's two-run single drove in both Farris and Miller. Michael Glomb's sacrifice fly plated Herrera to make it 8-1.
Saint Mary's scored its final runs of the game in the sixth inning, pushing two across on a pair of singles, a pair of hit batters, and a base on balls.
LMU concluded the rout with three runs in the seventh, led by Herrera's two-run double. Herrera finished with five RBI, the first time this season a Lion drove in five runs.
SMC starter Sean Gleason (4-4) suffered the loss after 5.1 innings of work. He was charged with eight runs, four earned, on 10 hits.
For the Lions, Lee Roberts and Ezequiel Ruvalcaba threw in relief and combined to hold the Gaels scoreless on one hit in 3.1 innings. The staff of Wilson, Roberts, and Ruvalcaba allowed a total of just four hits on the day.
Eight different Lions posted hits Friday, with six having multiple-hit outings.
The win put LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz just one victory away from his 300th career win. Cruz would be the second Lion skipper to reach the milestone, as Marv Wood (1970-1984) finished his career with 371 victories.
The Lions and Gaels continue the three-game WCC series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start at Louis Guisto Field. Fans can catch the action on Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker, both at www.LMULions.com.