May 8, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif. - A big eighth inning broke open a close game to lead 25th-ranked Cal State Fullerton to a 13-5 win over LMU in non-conference action Tuesday. It was the first time in three seasons the Lions (20-31-1) dropped a game at nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton's (29-18) Goodwin Field.
The 2005 and 2006 seasons both saw LMU knock off then-No.1 ranked Cal State Fullerton at its home field.
But tonight, the Titans put the close game out of reach for the Lions in the bottom of the eighth, scoring seven runs thanks to five free passes, a single, and a three-run home run by Corey Jones.
Junior Nate Keadle (3-2) suffered the loss after allowing five runs in his 2.2 innings pitched. Keadle entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and retired seven of the 10 batters he faced until the eighth inning.
Titan reliever Jeff Kaplan (8-3) earned the win after throwing scoreless sixth and seventh innings.
Dustin Birosak followed, throwing the eighth and ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Four the fourth straight game, the Lions scored in the top of the first. Eric Farris singled, DeAndre Miller walked, and freshman Angelo Songco plated Farris with a double. Elvis Herrera drove in Miller on a groundout to give the Lions the early 2-0 lead.
But the Titans roared back in the bottom of the frame, thanks to back-to-back home runs that put them up 3-2.
A third long ball extended the Titan lead to 4-2 in the third.
LMU regained the lead in the fourth after putting up three runs. Farris drove in two of the three runs with a double that scored Michael Glomb and Ryan Wheeler, who had singled and walked. Joe Zeller brought in T.J. Bernardy with a sacrifice fly to put LMU up 5-4.
The Titans took it back with single runs in the fifth and the sixth, and put things out of reach for the Lions with the seven-run eighth inning.
Nick Mahin led Cal State Fullerton, going 4-for-4 with two of the Titans' four home runs on the night.
Farris went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases for the Lions. The two stolen bases brings his season total to 32, the most for a Lion since the 1970s.
Songco added a 2-for-4 night at the plate.
CSF's Sean Urena earned the start on the mound and worked three innings. He allowed four runs on four hits and walked three.
Freshman Xavier Esquivel made the start for LMU and threw 3.1 innings.
The Lions return home for a final four-game home stand featuring Portland and Long Beach State. The West Coast Conference series with Portland opens Friday at 3:00 p.m. It will be a big weekend at Page Stadium, with pre-game ceremonies set for both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, the Lions will honor the seven LMU standouts named to the all-time All-WCC team in a ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. Call 310-338-7638 to reserve tickets for the game time luncheon. On Sunday, the Lions will celebrate seniors and mothers beginning at 12:40 p.m. Mark your calendars and join us for a special weekend at Page Stadium.