April 30, 2006
Los Angeles - Junior Daniel Macias tossed a complete game two-hit shutout to lead LMU to the West Coast Conference series sweep over Gonzaga (26-19, 7-8 WCC) Sunday afternoon at Page Stadium. Sunday's 5-0 win marked the Lions' (21-17, 8-7 WCC) fourth straight victory.
Macias opened the day by retiring the first 10 Bulldogs he faced. He went on to face 31 batters over the nine innings, just four batters over the minimum. The Lions' left-hander allowed just two hits, while striking out two in his first career complete game. He improved to 4-7 on the season.
The only Bulldog to hit Macias was Darin Holcomb, who finished 2-for-4. One of his hits came in the sixth inning, when Gonzaga went on to load the bases with two outs. Macias got Bobby Carlson to ground out to second baseman Eric Farris to preserve the shutout.
The Lions' got their biggest offensive boost from a senior on Senior Sunday. Kyle Mura hit his third home run of the season in the seventh, a two-run shot to make it 5-0.
Stolen bases played a role in each of the Lions's first three runs on the afternoon. In the bottom of the third, Brian Wilson's double was able to plate Anthony Soto from second after he had singled and stole second earlier in the inning.
Gonzaga starter Brandon Harmon suffered his first loss of 2006, falling to 2-1 after six innings of work.
The Lions' seven hits were split among seven players, with Mura's two-run shot being the highlight.
Sunday's victory keeps the Lions just two games out of first place in the WCC standings.
LMU will have a week-long break for final exams, returning to action Tuesday, May 9 at Long Beach State. That game will be a 6:30 p.m. start, and fans can catch all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.