May 14, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU (22-30) surrendered 11 runs on 11 hits in the eighth inning en route to dropping an 18-1 decision on Wednesday to No. 9 UC Irvine (34-14) at LMU's Page Stadium.
Sophomore Ryan Wheeler provided virtually all of the Lion offense on the day, collecting three of the Lions' four hits, including belting his fourth home run of the year in the second inning. Angelo Songco was the only other Lion batter to collect a hit in the game, extending his hitting streak to a season-long seven games. Senior Michael Glomb, who carried a 21-game hitting streak into the game, finished 0-for 4. The streak was the longest of Glomb's career, and was the longest since Eric Farris hit in 25 straight games from the end of the 2006 season into the beginning of 2007.
LMU used eight pitchers in the game, as Mike Kenney got the start. Kenney tossed two and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks before giving way to Lee Roberts. Roberts, who fell to 2-4 after claiming the loss, pitched two-thirds of a frame and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. Ernie Cho lasted three and a third innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk before handing the ball over to Steve Connolly. The left-hander surrendered a run on one hit before Chris Eusebio allowed five runs on five hits and did not record an out in the eighth. Lefty Russell Lowell was next out of the pen for LMU, getting one out and giving up three runs on two hits. Freshman Brett Williams followed with two-thirds of an inning of work, surrendering two runs on three hits. Jeremy Burrell finished the game on the bump for LMU, tossing an inning and allowing an unearned run on two hits.
Sean Madigan paced the UC Irvine offense, finishing 5-for-6 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI. Brock Bardeen batted 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI. Francis Larson also collected three hits in the victory, while Casey Stevenson belted his third home run of the season for the Anteaters.
Irvine used four pitchers to limit LMU to four hits. Matt Dufour got the start and lasted three innings, allowing the home run to Wheeler and three walks. Noel Avison, the game's winning pitcher, dealt four scoreless frames, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out three hitters. Cole Hathcock was next out of the pen, pitching a perfect inning of relief before Chris Lopez finished the game on the hill for UCI.
The Lions got on the board first in the game with one swing of Wheeler's bat in the second inning. The sophomore from Torrance, Calif. lined a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left centerfield to put LMU on top 1-0.
UC Irvine answered right back in the top of the third inning, plating one run and leaving the bases loaded in the frame. Back-to-back singles and a fielder's choice loaded the bases before Ben Orloff lined a sacrifice fly to right field to plate the run. After a four-pitch walk to Larson to load the bases again, Roberts was summoned from the Lion bullpen to try to get out of the jam. Roberts induced a deep fly ball to centerfield off the bat of Dillon Bell to spell the end of the threat.
The Anteaters took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning, piecing together three runs on three hits. A triple by Madigan got things going before Josh Tavelli found the left centerfield gap for a double two hitters later to drive in the run and leave runners at second and third. Eric Deragisch followed with a RBI-groundout for the first out of the inning before Ollie Linton singled home the third run of the frame. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, but the Lions benefited from the second runner's interference call of the day to end the inning. Glomb fielded a ground ball at third and quickly forced Linton out at the plate. Linton was called for runner's interference on the play as he swiped at T.J. Bernardy, spelling the end of the frame.
UCI added one more run in the top of the fifth inning, taking a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the frame. Back-to-back singles by Bell and Madigan set the table for a RBI-single by Bardeen. The Lions avoided further damage on the ensuing play, turning their fourth double play of the game and then stranding the runner at third on a groundout to shortstop to end the frame.
The Anteaters extended the advantage to 6-1 with an unearned run in the seventh inning. After two quick outs to start the frame, Tavelli doubled to get the ball rolling. Cho was charged with a throwing error on the ensuing play, allowing Tavelli to turn third and score.
UC Irvine sent 15 hitters to the plate and broke the game wide open with 11 runs in the top of the eighth inning, taking a 17-1 lead into the bottom of the frame. The Anteaters had eight straight hitters hit safely to start the inning, including a home run, a triple, a double and five singles. Stevenson led things off with a home run before four straight singles, including RBI-singles by Bell and Madigan, plated two more runs. A two-RBI triple by Bardeen extended the streak for a RBI-single by pinch-hitter Tyler Hoechlin. Sammy Donabedian followed with a double off the left field wall to put runners at second and third before Linton collected the sacrifice fly for the first out of the frame. Orloff collected a RBI-double later in the inning, while pinch-hitter Ryan Fisher belted a two-RBI double just moments later. Madigan recorded the fourth double of the inning, sending a pitch to right field for a RBI to cap the frame. The Anteaters picked-up one more insurance run in the top of the ninth as the Lions traded a double play ground ball for a run.
The Lions will return to action on Friday when they host Gonzaga in game one of a three-game conference series to close the regular season. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.