April 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES - After yesterday's rain out caused the Lions to play two games Saturday, LMU dropped both ends of the West Coast Conference doubleheader to 18th-ranked San Diego at Page Stadium. The Lions (18-24-1, 5-6 WCC) and Toreros (31-14, 9-2 WCC) will conclude the three-game series Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Page Stadium.
Total time of play exceeded six hours Saturday as the conference's second and fourth place teams battled it out.
The early game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth, when San Diego scored four runs behind a two-run single by Kevin Hansen.
The top-20 Toreros added an unearned run in the sixth on an RBI-single by Jordan Abruzzo. The inning had been extended when LMU catcher T.J. Bernardy was called for catcher's interference. That error was the Lions' lone defensive mishap of the day.
LMU starter Brad Meyers worked six innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. He struck out five, but suffered the loss to fall to 3-4 on the season.
Josh Romanski improved to 7-1 after throwing a complete game, allowing only the unearned run on seven hits.
Sean Dovel, who went 4-for-6 on Tuesday in the extra inning win over 25th-ranked Long Beach State, continued to swing a hot bat Saturday. He went 3-for-4 in game one as the Lions' first baseman.
Hansen finished 3-for-5 for the Toreros.
The 18th-ranked Toreros broke open an early pitcher's dual in the sixth, scoring 12 runs in their final four at bats.
LMU led 1-0 after senior Elvis Herrera sent his second career home run over the Mikos Blue Monster in the bottom of the fourth.
USD's Sean Nicol answered with a three-run shot of his own in the sixth to turn the tide in the Toreros favor for good.
Justin Snyder added another three-run home run for USD in the top of the ninth to seal the 12-1 victory in game two.
Brian Matusz (8-2), who leads the nation in strikeouts, earned the game two win after working 6.2 innings. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out eight.
LMU's Brian Wilson (3-5), who held the 18th-ranked Toreros scoreless until the sixth, suffered the loss after 6.0 innings. He was charged with four runs on eight hits.
Despite the final 12-1 score, the Lions had their best chance for the comeback in the seventh. Trailing 4-1, LMU loaded the bases after drawing three walks from Matusz, prompting USD Head Coach Rich Hill to go to the bullpen and reliever AJ Griffin. Griffin got Dovel to ground into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
Griffin threw the rest of the game to earn his seventh save of the season.
DeAndre Miller was the only Lion with multiple-hits in game two, finishing 2-for-3.
USD first baseman Daniel Magness finished 4-for-6 with two RBI.
The teams conclude the series Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The action will be carried on both Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker at www.LMULions.com.