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Long Ball Leaves Lions Short in Ninth

May 4, 2007

Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. - A two-out, two-run pinch hit home run in the bottom of the ninth gave Gonzaga the 7-6 come-from-behind win over LMU in Friday's West Coast Conference series opener at Patterson Baseball Complex. The Lions (20-28-1, 7-9 WCC) had built a 5-0 lead by the third inning, but two multi-run long balls were the difference for the Bulldogs (27-22, 11-5 WCC).

The ending looked the same as last Friday's thriller at Santa Clara, but tonight the Lions were on the other end of it. Freshman Xavier Esquivel retired the first two batters of the bottom of the ninth before walking the 3-for-4 Mike Terry. Freshman pinch hitter Mark Castellitto then sent the offering over the fence in right for the walk-off game-winner.

Esquivel suffered the loss and fell to 0-3 on the season after throwing the eighth and ninth innings.

Reliver Jeremy Stumetz (3-1) turned into the winning pitcher for the Zags after throwing 1.2 perfect innings.

The Lions took a 4-0 lead by the second inning, scoring two in the first and two in the second after timely hitting took advantage of mishaps by Gonzaga starter Brandon Harmon. In the first, Angelo Songco's double to right center plated Eric Farris and DeAndre Miller, who had walked and been hit by Harmon. The second inning saw Farris and Miller get the RBI with singles of their own.

Senior Elvis Herrera left the building in the top of the third to make it 5-0.

Gonzaga pushed two across in the bottom of the third thanks in part to an RBI double by Ryan Wiegand.

The Lions made it 6-2 in the fourth after Farris' singled drove in Michael Glomb, who had tripled to start the inning.

But that's when the Gonzaga offense stepped up, scoring one in the fifth and two in the seventh on a two-run home run by Aaron McGuinness. The shot over the fence in left cut the Lion lead to one at 6-5.

Both teams went scoreless in the eighth, setting up Castellitto's heroics in the bottom of the ninth.

LMU starter Brad Meyers worked 6.2 innings, striking out four as the Bulldogs scored five runs on 14 hits.

Harmon worked 7.1 innings , allowing all six LMU runs on 13 hits.

All starters on both teams posted a hit in Friday's game, with Miller's 3-for-4 day leading the way for LMU. It was the second straight game Miller tallied three hits. Glomb and Farris also had two hits for the Lions, with Farris and Songco driving in two runs.

The Lions and Bulldogs continue the three-game series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start. Fans can catch the action on Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker , both at www.LMULions.com.

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