April 28, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount University scored on back-to-back, two-out doubles in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday afternoon as the Lions nipped Gonzaga University in the West Coast Conference series opener. LMU won 4-3 to improve to 19-27, 6-7 in the WCC while Gonzaga fell to 26-17, 7-6 in the WCC.
Gonzaga entered the seventh with a 3-2 lead after Bobby Carlson delivered a sacrifice fly in the sixth to give the Bulldogs a lead against LMU starter Brad Meyers (7-4). Gonzaga starter Patrick Donovan looked like he might escape to the eighth inning unscathed when Casey Gordon dropped a double down the left field line which bounced around in the corner allowing DeAndre Miller to score the tying run from first.
Eric Farris connected for his second double of the game to give LMU the lead in the seventh as Gordon came around to score. Farris ended the day with three hits for the Lions. Donovan worked out of the seventh but was lifted after facing one batter in the eighth. The Bulldogs senior starter fell to 6-4.
LMU scored the game's first run in the bottom of the first on a ground out by Erik Johnson which scored Farris. Gonzaga answered with two runs in the top of the third as Scott Campbell had a bases loaded single and Dustin Colclough had a sacrifice fly. LMU knotted the game in the fourth on a single by A.J. LaMonda.
Zach Woodward led GU with two hits as both teams finished with seven hits. The two teams will resume the series on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.