May 6, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - For the third straight game, it took a comeback effort for Gonzaga to top the Lions, but the Bulldogs pulled it off again with a six-run eighth inning to win 6-4. LMU (20-30-1, 7-11 WCC) led 3-0 behind Daniel Macias' seven-inning shutout, but the second place Zags (30-21, 13-5 WCC) scored all six runs in the eighth to complete the West Coast Conference three-game series.
Macias, who arrived in Spokane early Sunday morning after attending graduation ceremonies on campus at LMU Saturday, threw seven scoreless innings, before allowing one run in the eighth. He finished working 7.1 third, holding the Bulldogs to the one run on nine hits, while striking out three.
But it was the eighth, when the Zags scored six runs on six hits and three walks from four different LMU pitchers, that defined Sunday's game.
Xavier Esquivel suffered the loss and fell to 0-4 after allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Matt Fields earned the win for Gonzaga, with Jeremy Stumetz earned his fourth save.
Just like in game one and two of the series, the Lions got on the scoreboard in the first inning. DeAndre Miller singled up the middle and moved around on a single by Angelo Songco and a sacrifice fly by Elvis Herrera.
The Lions added two in the fifth, when Songco doubled with Zeller and Miller on base. Miller scored all the way from first to make it a 3-0 LMU lead.
Gonzaga starting pitcher Josh Monroe worked five innings, allowing the three LMU runs on seven hits.
With the appearance in today's game, Macias totaled 80 career appearances, tying him for 10th all-time at LMU. Assistant Coach Benny Bonilla ranks seventh on the same list with 89 career appearances during his 1997-2000 tenure.
The Lions return to Southern California for their final road game of the season Tuesday at 17th-ranked Cal State Fullerton. Fans can follow all the action on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.