April 15, 2006
San Diego, Calif. - A four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth gave the 23rd-ranked Toreros (24-14, 6-3 WCC) the 6-5 walk-off win in the rubber match of the West Coast Conference series Saturday. The game was the second game of a doubleheader, as the Lions (15-25, 4-5 WCC) won the first game 7-3 to set up the rubber match.
The Lions had a 5-2 lead after scoring one in the top of the ninth, but could not fend off the six-hit USD rally in the bottom of the frame.
After trailing 2-1 for much of the game, the Lions tied things up in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Mura. Then with two outs, Eric Farris launched a bases-loaded single up the middle to score two more to put the Lions up 4-2. After the dust of the top of the sixth had cleared, the Lions had tallied five singles by Sean Dovel, A.J. LaMonda, Casey Gordon, Anthony Soto, and Farris.
LMU starter Daniel Macias worked a career-long eight innings, holding the Toreros to just one earned run on 10 hits. He worked into the ninth inning, but gave way to Roberto Torres when USD loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth. After earning a save earlier in the game two win, Torres (0-5) suffered the loss in the rubber match after allowing the winning run to reach base. Lee Roberts faced the final two Toreros in the ninth.
USD reliever Josh Romanski earned his first win of the season to improve to 1-4 after throwing 1.2 innings, allowing one LMU run on four hits.
Singleton's walk-off single was his only hit of the game.
Farris finished the game 3-for-6 with two RBI. With a 2-for-5 day at the plate, Erik Johnson extended his hit streak to 23 games. In the two games Saturday, LMU combined to post 35 hits, but left 30 runners on base.
The tough weekend continues for the Lions, who will take on top-ranked Cal State Fullerton Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at Goodwin Field. Fans who can't make the trek to Fullerton can catch all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.