May 13, 2006
San Francisco, Calif. - LMU out-hit San Francisco, but it was the Dons (35-19, 14-6 WCC) who were able to push across five runs to win game two 5-1 Saturday at Benedetti Diamond. The Lions (21-30, 8-9 WCC) received seven strong innings from starter Daniel Macias, but left eight runners on base.
LMU tacked on a run in the fourth on three straight hits off of USF left-hander Aaron Poreda. The third hit, a blooper by designated hitter Justin Bunkis, plated Sean Dovel who had notched the first single of the inning. Senior Kyle Mura had advanced Dovel with a double.
The Dons hung single runs in the first, second, and sixth innings, but it was a two-run home run by Scott Cousins in the bottom of the seventh that gave USF its four-run advantage. The run in the second inning had also come on a Don home run, this one by Lucas DeLong.
Poreda improved to 7-4 on the season with the complete game effort.
Macias held the Dons to just three hits through five innings, but suffered the loss and fell to 4-8.
Cousins finished 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Dons.
With the win Saturday, San Francisco clinched the right to host the 2006 West Coast Conference Championship Series Memorial Day weekend. LMU hosted both the 2004 and 2005 WCC Championship and appeared in the title series four of the last seven seasons.
LMU and San Francisco conclude the WCC series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. Fans can catch the Mothers' Day game on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.