April 17, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Sean Dovel's two-out double drove in two runs in the top of the 11th inning to lift LMU to the non-conference win over 25th-ranked Long Beach State (21-13). Mike Kenney earned the 6-5 victory on the mound for the Lions (18-22-1), who have now won five straight.
Twelve pitchers combined to strand 32 runners on base in the four hour, 40 minute marathon.
The game had been locked in a 4-4 tie since the bottom of the eighth, when the 25th-ranked 49ers tied it up. Michael Glomb drew a leadoff walk from reliever Daniel Wolford to start the rally in the 11th. DeAndre Miller advanced Glomb, and reached first himself, on a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled by the second baseman A.J. Pinocchio who was covering first. Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week Elvis Herrera moved both runners over with another sacrifice bunt. Later in the inning with two outs, Dovel's shot to right center field plated both unearned runs in Glomb and Miller.
Wolford (0-1) suffered his first decision of the season after throwing the 11th inning for Long Beach State.
Kenney (2-2) earned the win after holding Long Beach State to just one run on three hits over his 2.2 innings of work.
Entering the game with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Kenny got Matt Cline and T.J. Mittelstaedt to fly out to get out of the jam. He would retire seven straight batters before the 49ers strung together three straight singles to score one run in Travis Howell. Chris Nelson grounded out to Eric Farris at shortstop to end the comeback bid.
The Lions went up 2-0 when Dovel's single up the middle scored Angelo Songco, who had been hit by a pitch from Long Beach State starter Adam Wilk. Wilk worked 3.1 innings and was charged with the Lions' first two runs.
The 49ers took a 3-2 lead after pushing three across in the fifth inning, thanks in part to an RBI triple by Robert Perry.
The Lions tied the game at 3-3 in the next frame, on a RBI single from catcher T.J. Bernardy. Dovel's fielder's choice drove in another run in the seventh to make it 4-3 LMU.
Long Beach State set up the extra inning thriller by scoring an unearned run in the eighth.
Dovel finished the contest 4-for-6 with four RBI and two doubles. Bunkis posted the other multiple-hit outing for the Lions, who combined for nine hits Tuesday.
Perry led the 49ers' offense with a 3-for-5 day that included two triples.
Freshman Xavier Esquivel started the game for the Lions and worked 3.0 innings, holding the 25th-ranked 49ers scoreless on two hits.
After a four-game road swing that saw LMU win each contest, the Lions return home this weekend to host second place San Diego in a three-game West Coast Conference series. Friday's game will be the usual 3:00 p.m. start, but Saturday and Sunday's games will both begin at 2:00 p.m. Fans who can't make it to Page Stadium can catch all of the action as it happens on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.