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Play Ball! Opening Weekend Brings Sac State, #25 USC to Page Stadium

Jan. 31, 2007

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BRIEFLY
LMU baseball opens the 2007 campaign this weekend when Sacramento State visits Page Stadium for a three-game series. Opening Day festivities will begin Friday at 1:45 p.m., with first pitch following at 2:00 p.m. After wrapping up play with the Hornets on Sunday, the Lions will conclude their opening homestand with the 25th-ranked USC Trojans Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

OPENING DAY AT PAGE STADIUM
Dating back to 1999, the Lions have won their last four Opening Days at Page Stadium with wins over Cal (2005), UC Riverside (2004), Cal State Northridge (2001), and Cal State Dominguez Hills (1999).

25 YEARS OF LION BASEBALL AT PAGE STADIUM
When the first pitch is thrown Friday against Sacramento State, it will mark the beginning of the 25th season of LMU baseball at Page Stadium. Prior to the 1983 season, Page Stadium was built at the site of LMU's old baseball field and was completed with the Incentive Aid Foundation of Los Angeles providing the majority of the funding. It was named in honor of George C. Page, the president of the foundation. Assisting Mr. Page and the IAF in the stadium's completion was Maynard Kambak, father of LMU baseball alumnus Jeff Kambak. The first game in Page Stadium was played against Cal State Fullerton on March 19, 1983. Since then, the Lions have gone 403-279 all-time at Page Stadium.

LION LEADOFFS
*The Lions return four key starting position players from a 2006 team that posted one of the top-3 fielding percentages in LMU baseball history (.970)
*LMU returns its entire weekend rotation, including one of Baseball America's top-30 college draft prospects in RHP Brad Meyers
*The Lions return three players who hit over .300 last year in Eric Farris, Brian Wilson, and Sean Dovel
*The Lions' schedule boasts 21 games against Baseball America's preseason top-50

HORNET SHORT HOPS
*This weekend's series marks the season opener for the Hornets as well*Sacramento State went 20-37 overall and 8-16 in the WAC for sixth place in 2006
*The Hornets return five starters and have 18 newcomers
*Third baseman David Flores and second baseman Gary Johnson were tabbed for All-WAC seasons by Baseball America

#25 TROJAN TIDBITS
*USC opened the 2007 season with a 6-4 mid-week win over Cal Poly*The Trojans went 25-33 overall and 11-13 in the Pac-10 for sixth place in 2006
*First-year Head Coach Chad Kreuter has 12 newcomers and 18 returning letterwinners, highlighted by 2006 All-Pac-10 first-team selection Matt Cusick

LIONS FACE ONE OF NATION'S TOUGHEST SCHEDULES
Boyd's World annually ranks the nation's toughest schedules, and LMU baseball is once again toward the top of the list. The Lions' non-conference schedule ranks as the 15th-toughest in the nation, while the overall campaign ranks 21st. The LMU schedule features 21 games against teams ranked in Baseball America's preseason top-50.

PAIR OF LIONS AMONG TOP-75 COLLEGE DRAFT PROSPECTS
LMU's Brad Meyers and Eric Farris are among Baseball America's top-100 college draft prospects. Meyers made the top-30, while Farris checked in at No. 66. Baseball America's top-100 list details the predicted order of the nation's top college players eligible for the 2007 June MLB Draft. Meyers (No.30) was one of just four college players in California to make the top-30. He and Farris are two of the four WCC players to make the top-75.

MEYERS AMONG NATIONAL PITCHER, PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES
Brad Meyers is a preseason candidate for college baseball's pitcher and player of the year. Meyers is among the nation's standout pitchers on the 2007 Roger Clemens and Brooks Wallace Award Watch Lists. The awards are presented annually to the national college baseball pitcher and player of the year.

LIONS AMONG BASEBALL AMERICA'SPRESEASON PICKS
True, LMU baseball was picked to finish fourth in the competitive WCC by both the coaches and Baseball America this season. But, in its preseason WCC preview released this week, Baseball America points to some of the Lions' talent that may help them shake up those WCC predictions. Second baseman Eric Farris headlines that talent, as Baseball America picked the junior to be the WCC's Player of the Year in 2007. Baseball America also predicts that Farris will be the fourth player selected in this year's MLB Draft from the WCC. The publication picked LMU's Brad Meyers, A.J. LaMonda, and Sean Dovel to join Farris as first-team all-conference selections in 2007.Baseball America also picked the WCC's top-5 newcomers, and LMU freshman Angelo Songco ranked third.

MEYERS A TOP-50 DRAFT PROSPECT
Brad Meyers is among the nation's top-50 prospects for the 2007 MLB Draft, Baseball America announced. The Lions' right-hander is one of just five college players from the West on the top-50 list. The 6-6 junior was a second-team All-WCC selection in 2006. Meyers earned the selection after going 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA in WCC play. He worked 52 2/3 innings with a strikeout to walk ratio of 35 to 16. Meyers was a 14th round selection of the New York Mets in the 2004 MLB Draft. He spent the summer of 2005 in the Cape Cod League, earning MVP honors in the playoffs as his Orleans Cardinals won the title. Following the title run, Meyers was named one of the Cape Cod League's top-10 prospects. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is one of just five college players from the West Coast among Baseball America's top-50. He joins players from Oregon State, Stanford, and UC Riverside.

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