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Lions Hit the Road for First Time in 2007

Feb. 8, 2007

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BRIEFLY
It will be a weekend of firsts for LMU baseball, as the Lions will see their first road contests and night games of 2007. Friday and Saturday night will bring 6:00 p.m. games at UC Irvine. The three-game series with the Anteaters will conclude back at Page Stadium Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start. The Lions will then travel south to face San Diego State Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. mid-week match-up.

LION LEADOFFS
*The Lions posted a three-game sweep of Sacramento State on Opening Weekend at Page Stadium.*The 3-1 start is the best opening for the Lions since 2001, when LMU started the season 5-0.*The Lions recorded a .991 fielding percentage in the three-game series with the Hornets, posting just one error.*LMU hit .390 as a team in the three-game sweep*The Lion pitchers posted a strikeout to walk ratio of 20:6 against Sacramento State, with a staff ERA of just 3.67.

ANTEATER ANECDOTES
*UC Irvine is one win away from its 800th program victory, as the Anteaters are 799-700-2 all-time.*The Anteaters are 1-2 after dropping Saturday and Sunday's games to Cal by a combined score of 16-4*UCI closer Blair Erickson is nine saves away from breaking the national record for career saves (49)... the current national record holder, Jack Krawcyzk, played for Coach Cruz when he was an assistant coach at USC.*UCI was led offensively last weekend by Matt Morris and Bryan Petersen, who combined to go 7-for-14.

SDSU SHORT HOPS
*The Aztecs lost two of three at Cal Poly last weekend.*Head Coach Tony Gwynn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted this summer.*Despite going 1-2 Opening Weekend, the SDSU starting pitchers combined to allow just two earned runs on nine hits in 16.1 innings for a 1.10 ERA.*The Aztecs were led offensively by Troy Hanzawa and Garett Green Opening Weekend, as the two hit safely in all three games.

FARRIS NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Eric Farris was named WCC Player of the Week after leading the Lions to a season-opening sweep of Sacramento State at Page Stadium. The Lions' second baseman earned the conference's first selection of the 2007 season. Farris helped the Lions win the three games after hitting .571 (8-for-14) on the weekend. Of his eight hits, two were doubles, leading him to a .714 slugging percentage. The Lions' junior added a team-high six RBI and two stolen bases. Farris put up the game-winning hit on Opening Day: a two-out, bases-loaded double that broke open the tie game in the sixth inning. He was also impressive defensively, recording eight assists and seven putouts without an error. Farris earned the WCC's first selection of the 2007 season. It was his second career WCC Player of the Week selection.

LIONS FALL TO USC 5-2 IN FIRST TUESDAY GAME
In their first mid-week match-up of 2007, the Lions fell to USC 5-2 at Page Stadium. Sophomore Lee Roberts threw a scoreless 3.1 innings in relief for LMU, but the damage was already done as USC had built a 4-0 lead by the third inning.

LIONS LOSE LaMONDA FOR SEASON
Lion fans were disappointed to hear the results of the injury to LMU first baseman A.J. LaMonda. LaMonda, who hurt his left wrist in Sunday's 8-5 win over Sacramento State, will be out the remainder of the season. He plans to redshirt and return for the 2008 season.

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.

TRIO OF LIONS ON EARLY STREAK
With four games already in the books, three Lions have hit safely in each game: Eric Farris, Sean Dovel, and freshman Angelo Songco have posted at least one hit in each of the Lions' four games. For Farris and Dovel, their hitting streaks date back to last season. Farris has now hit safely in his last 17 games played. For Dovel, the number is 13 straight games.

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.

OPENING DAY AT PAGE STADIUM
Dating back to 1999, the Lions have won their last five Opening Days at Page Stadium with wins over Sacramento State (2007), 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 was thrown on Opening Day against Sacramento State, it marked 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.

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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