April 15, 2006
San Diego, Calif. - LMU's 18 hits led the Lions (15-25, 4-4 WCC) to a 7-3 game two win over 23rd-ranked San Diego (23-14, 5-3 WCC) Saturday. The game was the first game of a doubleheader after Friday's rainout, and the win marked LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz's 150th West Coast Conference victory.
Starter Andy Beal carried a shutout into the bottom of sixth, eventually allowing three runs but striking out two. He improved to 3-6 on the season. Roberto Torres followed, earning his second save of the season after throwing the final 3.1 and holding the Toreros scoreless on just two hits.
Beal and Torres had the support of a strong LMU offense that put up 18 hits Saturday morning. A trio of seniors helped lead the Lions, as shortstop Casey Gordon led the charge with a 4-for-4 outing. Erik Johnson extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a 2-for-6 day at the plate. And fellow senior Chris Pettit took sole possession of third place in the LMU record book in all-time career doubles, notching his 63rd double.
The Lions launched a balanced scoring attack, pushing runs across in four straight innings and adding two in the top of the eighth to secure the win.
The win tied the series at one game apiece and set up the rubber game for the second game of the doubleheader. In addition to getting his 150th WCC victory in his 10th season with the Lions, the win also marked Cruz's 275th overall victory.