April 22, 2007
LOS ANGELES - 18th-ranked San Diego rallied to score 10 runs in its final four at bats to top LMU 10-3 in the rainy West Coast Conference series finale Sunday in front of 549, the largest crowd of the season at Page Stadium. Despite being held to just three hits on the day, the Lions (18-25-1, 5-7 WCC) were within one run until the Toreros' five-run eighth inning.
The Lions had entered the weekend on a five-game winning streak, highlighted by Tuesday's victory over 25th-ranked Long Beach State.
San Diego entered the series on a streak of its own. After dropping its WCC opening series to Gonzaga, the Toreros had not dropped another conference match-up.
Sean Dovel gave the Lions a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a solo home run.
The Toreros took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a two-run long ball by Shane Buschini.
In the bottom of the same frame, LMU pushed two across to regain the advantage 3-2. Joe Zeller and DeAndre Miller drew walks from USD starter Matt Couch, and senior Elvis Herrera drove them both in with a single up the middle.
But things turned quickly on the Lions, who allowed five runs in the eighth inning. The first two runs came on a bases-loaded double by Daniel Magness. With two runners still on base, Mike Metzger's triple made it 7-3. Kevin Hansen drove in the fifth run of the frame with a sacrifice fly that plated Metzger from third.
The top-20 Toreros added two more in the top of the ninth on a pair of RBI singles that scored Sean Nicol and Jordan Abruzzo, who had led off the inning with singles.
LMU starter Daniel Macias (4-5) worked 7.1 innings, striking out two while allowing six runs on 12 hits.
USD reliever Anthony Slama (1-2) earned the win after just 0.2 innings of work in the seventh. Couch had gone 6.1 innings and was charged with the Lions' three runs on three hits. AJ Griffin tossed perfect eighth and ninth innings for the Toreros.
Nicol and Magness finished a combined 6-for-10 for USD, who tallied 18 hits in the contest.
The Lions remain at home for a Tuesday non-conference match-up with 20th-ranked UC Irvine. The Lions and Anteaters will take to the field at 3:00 p.m. Fans who can't make it to the park can catch the action on Lions' All-Access and Gametracker at www.LMULions.com.