May 13, 2007
LOS ANGELES - A senior and a freshman paired up to lead the Lions to a 2-1 victory in their West Coast Conference finale Sunday at Page Stadium. Senior Daniel Macias threw a complete game gem, while freshman Marty Mullins came up with the two-out, bases-loaded walk-off single the Lions' (22-32-1, 9-12 WCC) needed to claim the series win over Portland (20-27, 7-11 WCC).
In his last career outing, Macias (5-6) held the Pilots to one run on six hits while striking out a season-high seven. Macias was most impressive in the top of the ninth, striking out the side in order to keep the score even at 1-1.
That set up Mullins' heroics for the bottom of the ninth. With one out, sophomore T.J. Bernardy doubled to left center. Portland elected to intentionally walk Eric Farris, giving the Lions runners on first and second with one out. Pilot reliever Josh Roberts got Michael Glomb to fly out to center field, and then put freshman Angelo Songco on board with another intentional free pass.
Mullins, who had entered the game in the top of the ninth as a defensive substitution, then stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded and two outs. His shot to wall in left center easily plated Bernardy from third for the 2-1 LMU victory.
Roberts suffered the loss and fell to 3-2 on the season after throwing the final two innings for Portland.
Macias and Portland starter Chris Siegfried kept the game scoreless until the top of the fifth, when the Pilots pushed one across thanks to three hits.
The Lions scored the equalizer in the bottom of the same frame when Bernardy's double played Joe Zeller who had put up a two-out single.
The eight and nine hitters, Zeller and Bernardy, each finished with two hits. Both of Bernardy's were crucial doubles.
Sunday marked Macias' 81st appearance, as he finishes his tenure ranked 10th all-time in career appearances.
Macias, along with Taylor Shoop, DeAndre Miller, Blake Feaser, Ezequiel Ruvalcaba, and Elvis Herrera, were honored as members of the senior class prior to the game. The Lions also celebrated Mothers' Day by inviting their grandmothers to throw the ceremonial first pitch.
LMU concludes the 2007 campaign Tuesday as they host 16th-ranked Long Beach State at 3:00 p.m. Fans can follow the action at www.LMULions.com on both Lions' All-Access audio and Gametracker.