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Lions Win Opener Behind Meyers CG

May 11, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - Brad Meyers threw a complete game with a career-high 11 strikeouts to lead LMU to the 3-1 victory over Portland in West Coast Conference action Friday. The one hour, 59 minute contest was the shortest of the season for the Lions (21-31-1, 8-11 WCC), who continue their final series of the season Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game against the Pilots (19-26, 6-10 WCC).

In addition to Meyers' complete game heroics, senior DeAndre Miller hit his first LMU career home run over the Mikos Blue Monster in the bottom of the eighth to give the Lions an insurance run. Miller had tallied two long balls in his first two seasons at Fresno State.

Meyers earned the win and improved to 4-4 on the season after scattering six hits. The Lions' junior right-hander struck out a career-high 11 batters and did not issue a walk in his nine innings of work. The 11 strikeouts passed his previous career-high of eight, which he set earlier this season at Cal Poly. Friday was Meyers' second career complete game.

Portland starter David Gruener (3-4) worked all eight innings for the Pilots.

Portland took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Justin Pierce's single scored Danny Meier.

The Lions answered in the bottom of the frame, tying the game at 1-1 when Michael Glomb's fielders' choice ball scored Justin Bunkis, who had led off with a single up the middle.

LMU went up 2-1 in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Bernardy. Bernardy's fly ball plated Miller, who had been hit by a pitch by Gruener.

Miller then homered with one out in the eighth to make it 3-1 Lions.

Freshman Angelo Songco led the Lions with a 2-for-3 day at the plate and the game's only stolen base.

Jesse Rodgers went 2-for-4 for Portland.

LMU now sits a half a game ahead of Portland in the WCC standings.

The Lions and Pilots will continue the WCC series Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start. Fans should come out to the park early, as the Lions named to the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team will be honored in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. Those who can't make it to Page Stadium can catch the action as it happens on Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker at www.LMULions.com.

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