April 29, 2006
Los Angeles - For the second day in a row, the Lion pitching staff stranded 10 Gonzaga runners on base to hold off the Bulldogs' charge. The effort landed LMU (20-27, 7-7 WCC) the series win over Gonzaga (26-18, 7-7 WCC) with a 6-3 game two victory Saturday at Page Stadium.
In addition to stranding the 10 runners, LMU pitchers Andy Beal and Lee Roberts did not issue a walk. Beal (4-6) picked up the win after holding the Bulldogs to two runs in six innings. Roberts held Gonzaga to two in his three innings of work en route to his first career save.
Offensively, the Lions put up two three-run innings, including the first frame. LMU opened the day with three straight singles from Eric Farris, Brian Wilson, and Erik Johnson. Farris then scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch from Gonzaga pitcher Clayton Mortensen. A.J. LaMonda's two-run single then scored Wilson and Johnson to put the Lions up 3-0.
A solo home run off the bat of Bulldog third baseman Darin Holcomb made in 3-1 in the third inning.
But the Lions put up another three runs in the fourth. Wilson's bases-loaded single through the left side scored Mura, who had notched the infield single to start the inning. Johnson followed with a two-run single up the middle that brought in Gordon and Farris, who had both drawn walks from Mortensen.
Single runs in the fifth and the eighth innings kept the Bulldogs within reach, but Beal and Roberts stranded runners in scoring position in six innings. Most notably, Gonzaga loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning. Beal got left fielder Shawn Wayt to ground into a 5-2-3 double play, before getting shortstop Aaron McGuinness to ground out to get out of the inning unharmed.
Johnson finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI. Wilson and Mura went 2-for-4, while LaMonda added the two RBI.
Mortensen threw the eight innings for the Bulldogs and suffered the loss to fall to 6-7.
Offensively, Bobby Carlson led Gonzaga with a 2-for-2 effort.
Saturday's win marked the third straight for the Lions, who now sit in a three-way tie for fourth in the WCC standings, just two games out of first place.
LMU will celebrate Senior Sunday prior to tomorrow's game, with festivities beginning at 12:40 p.m. First pitch will follow at 1:00 p.m. Fans who can't make it to the park can catch all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.