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Rubber Match Set for Senior Sunday

May 12, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - Portland's Given Kutz and Brian Cox combined to hold the Lions (21-32-1, 8-12 WCC) to two runs on five hits Saturday, as the Pilots topped LMU 11-2 in West Coast Conference action. The Portland (20-26, 7-10 WCC) win evened the three-game series at 1-1, setting up the rubber match for Senior Sunday.

For the second straight game, Portland's pitching staff did not issue a walk as Kutz (6-5) worked eight innings scattering five hits.

His offense gave him a 2-0 lead in the first on a home run by James Allan.

LMU's Eric Farris cut the early lead in half with a long ball of his own over the Mikos Blue Monster in the bottom of the first.

But the Pilots combined for nine more runs in the sixth and seventh innings, thanks in part to a two-run single by Allan in the sixth. Four of the five runs in the seventh were unearned after an infield error.

The Lions were able to push across one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Angelo Songco's single scored Farris, who had doubled to start the inning.

LMU starter Brian Wilson (4-7) suffered the loss after working 5.2 innings. He was charged with five runs on eight hits. The sophomore right-hander struck out four, but issued six free passes.

Relievers Mike Kenney and Jeremy Burrell held the hot Pilots hitless in perfect eighth and ninth innings. Each had one strikeout.

Farris and Songco each went 2-for-4 with an RBI for LMU.

Allan and Chase Powell each went 4-for-5 for the Pilots, with Allan finishing with five RBI.

The Lions conclude the WCC season Sunday when they host the Pilots for the 1:00 p.m. game at Page Stadium. LMU will honor all its six seniors prior to the Mothers' Day game, beginning around 12:40 p.m. Fans who can't make it to the park can catch the action on Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker at www.LMULions.com.