May 16, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - A nine-run comeback bid in the second half of the game was not enough for the Lions (21-32) after Cal State Northridge tallied 16 runs, including six in the first inning Tuesday at Page Stadium. When the dust from the three hour, 30 minute game had cleared, the teams had combined for 25 runs, 28 hits, and seven errors. The Matadors (25-25) took the final mid-week match-up 16-9.
Though they were trailing 15-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lions rallied to score nine runs in three innings. Eric Farris' sacrifice fly scored senior Casey Gordon for LMU's first run in the fifth. Gordon had singled and fellow senior Jason Lefkowitz had doubled to right center to set up the sacrifice fly opportunity.
Then in the bottom of the sixth, Nik Garcia drew a bases-loaded catcher's interference call that brought in fellow freshman Brett Mendoza, who had singled up the middle earlier in the inning. Anthony Soto followed with a single through the right side that plated senior Kyle Mura.
The Lions then matched CSUN's six-run first inning by scoring six of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Back-to-back doubles by Mendoza and Mura started the scoring. Michael Glomb drove in Mura with his fielder's choice ball and Soto then plated Glomb with his second single of the day. Farris capped the inning with a two-run single to left that drove in both Garcia and Soto.
Cal State Northridge had jumped to the 6-0 lead in the first after tallying seven hits, including two home runs.
The Matadors added runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings, but Nathan Keadle and Lee Roberts combined to hold the Matadors scoreless in their final two at-bats. Each tossed an inning and allowed just one hit, with Keadle striking out two. Ezequiel Ruvalcaba also had a strong outing out of the bullpen for the Lions, working two innings and holding CSUN to one run on just one hit while striking out two.
Roberto Torres (0-8) suffered the loss for the Lions, while CSUN starter Bobby Paschal (1-2) earned his first win of the season after working two innings.
Nine different Lions tallied hits Tuesday, with Soto, Farris, Mendoza, and Matt Carter each recording two hits. Farris added three RBI. LMU tallied five doubles on the afternoon.
Jonathan Sakurai and Paul Wilson combined for a 7-for-10, nine RBI outing for the Matadors.
The Lions will now hit the road for a final three-game West Coast Conference set at the University of Portland this weekend. First pitch Friday is set for 3:00 p.m. and fans can follow all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.