May 20, 2006
Portland, Oreg. - Pinch hitter Matt Carter launched his first career triple and it proved to be the game-winner as the shot to right drove in two runs to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth Saturday at the University of Portland. With the 3-2 win, the Lions (23-32, 10-10 WCC) clinch the three-game West Coast Conference series against the Pilots (15-36, 3-17 WCC).
Carter entered the game in the fifth with two runners on base and the score tied 1-1, as Michael Glomb had singled and Eric Farris had walked earlier in the inning. His triple became the game-winner when the Lions held on for the 3-2 win.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Portland's Danny Meier homered to pull the Pilots within one.
Portland had struck first in the bottom of the opening frame, scoring one run on one hit.
That 1-0 Portland lead held until the top of the fourth, when senior Erik Johnson tied the game on a solo home run over the fence in left field.
LMU starter Daniel Macias (5-8) earned the win, working seven and 2/3 innings and holding the Pilots to the two runs. He struckout three.
Lee Roberts earned his second save of the series and third of the season after tossing the scoreless ninth.
Portland starter Ari Ronick fell to 3-6 on the season after allowing the Lions' three runs on eight hits.
Glomb and Justin Bunkis combined for a 4-for-7 day at the plate.
Nik Kosach finished 3-for-5 for Portland.
The Lions and Pilots will conclude the three-game WCC series Sunday at Joe Etzel Field. First pitch is slated for 12:00 noon. Fans can catch all of the action on Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.