April 23, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU had the tying run in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings, but could not push him across, as the Lions fell to Santa Clara (23-18) 4-3 in West Coast Conference action Sunday at Page Stadium. The Lions (17-27) held the Broncos scoreless after the fourth, but could not tally enough runs of their own to pull out the series win.
The teams finish the series equal at 5-7 in the WCC standings. LMU will host its final regular season three-game series next weekend against Gonzaga.
Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth, freshman Brian Wilson came to the plate with one out and bases loaded. What looked to be a take-the-lead grand slam fell just inside the Page Stadium wall into the glove of Santa Clara right fielder Matt Long. The sacrifice fly did score A.J. LaMonda, who had started the inning with a single, to make it 4-2.
The Lions added a single run in the eighth when Erik Johnson's double and Kyle Mura's groundout helped score Eric Farris who had singled earlier in the inning. But the Lions left the remaining runners on base, unable to push across the tying run.
LMU put two runners on again in the ninth, but reliever Mark Willinsky held off the Lion charge to earn his eighth save of the season and second of the series.
SCU starter Matt Wickswat improved to 7-2 after throwing 7 2/3 innings.
Daniel Macias suffered his first loss in conference play and fell to 3-7 overall. Macias also threw 7 2/3 and was charged with three earned runs.
Johnson had the only multiple-hit outing of the day for the Lions, going 3-for-4. Mura added two RBI.
The Lions will travel across town Tuesday to take on the 24th-ranked Trojans of USC in a 6:00 p.m. match-up at Dedeaux Field. Fans who can't make the game can catch all of the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.