May 21, 2006
Portland, Oreg. - LMU finished its 2006 campaign with three straight wins as the Lions (24-32, 11-10 WCC) completed the sweep of Portland (15-37, 3-18 WCC) with a 13-9 victory Sunday at Joe Etzel Field. The West Coast Conference series sweep came after a total team effort, as 10 Lions tallied hits Sunday.
LMU had put up two quick runs in the top of the first after Portland starter Austin Drikx hit both Eric Farris and Chris Pettit with pitches. A double steal and wild pitch helped Farris score, while Pettit crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by fellow senior Erik Johnson.
But following the trend of the weekend, the Pilots tied the game at 2-2 on two hits and a sacrifice fly.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the second, the LMU bats picked up the pace. Senior Kyle Mura hit a two-run home run over the left field fence for his fourth round-tripper of the season.
The Lions added two runs again in the third inning. The first came on a sacrifice fly by Johnson. Then sophomore Sean Dovel launched his 22nd double of the season, this one to the corner in right field. That marked places him eighth on LMU's all-time leaders list for doubles in a season. He later scored on a error by Portland shortstop Jesse Rodgers.
Portland cut the LMU lead to in half in the fourth, scoring two runs including a solo leadoff shot by senior Travis Vetters.
But in the top of the fifth, the Lion offense put up five runs to go up 11-4. The tear was highlighted by RBI singles by Johnson and Brian Wilson.
Two more runs came in the sixth, pushing the lead to 13-4. Justin Bunkis' sacrifice fly brought in Johnson, who had walked. Mura followed with a single up the middle that plated Brett Mendoza, who had singled earlier in the inning.
Portland scored three runs on five hits in the bottom of the seventh, including a two-run bases-loaded single by Nik Kosach.
The Pilots' Matt Peters started the ninth with a solo home run and Portland went on to add one more run in the final frame for the 13-9 final.
LMU starter Andy Beal worked five innings, striking out three Pilots to improve to 5-8 on the season.
Wilson, Roberto Torres, Nathan Keadle, and Ezequiel Ruvalcaba followed, each tossing an inning for LMU, with Wilson and Keadle holding Portland scoreless.
Dirkx suffered the loss for the Pilots, falling to 1-5 on the season after working just two and 2/3 innings. He was charged with five earned runs on three hits.
Ten different Lions tallied hits Sunday, with Wilson going 4-for-5 and Mura finishing 3-for-4 with four RBI.
Johnson went 1-for-1 with three RBI.
Pettit, one of eight seniors to dress in the LMU uniform for the final time today, finished his four-year career ranked in LMU's top-10 all-time in five different statistical categories.
The Lions will now scatter around the nation for play in various collegiate summer leagues. They will also await word from the 2006 MLB Draft in early June. Fans can follow all of the action of the summer, including highlights from the draft, summer ball, and the 2005 season right here at www.LMULions.com.