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Bulldogs, Rebels Up Next for Lions

Feb. 15, 2007

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BRIEFLY
LMU baseball remains on the road this weekend for a three-game series at Fresno State. The series will open with a night game on Friday at 6:05 p.m., followed by 1:05 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday. The Lions (3-4-1) will then return to Page Stadium for a 2:00 p.m. Tuesday match-up with UNLV. All games will be carried free of charge on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

LION LEADOFFS
*The Lions played nine hours of baseball in three days last week, with back-to-back lengthy duals against UC Irvine and San Diego State.
*LMU dropped two tight contests at UC Irvine last week before wrapping up the series at home with the Anteaters... that Sunday series finale was at a 15-15 tie before umpires called the game due to darkness with bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
*The Lions fell 10-6 at San Diego State Tuesday in a soggy slugfest that featured two rain delays.
*Catcher Sean Dovel hit .471 for the Lions last week, with a slugging percentage of .765.

BULLDOG BITES
*Fresno State enters the weekend series 2-6 after a weekend series with Stanford and Tuesday and Wednesday games with Cal State Northridge.
*The Bulldogs opened the season at home against the WCC's San Francisco, with the Dons winning two of three.
*Fresno State, the defending conference champion, was picked to be co-champions of the WAC along with Hawaii.
*Shortstop Todd Sandell leads the Bulldogs, hitting .375.
*The Bulldogs had to pull scheduled Friday starter Brandon Miller (LHP) from the rotation due to injury. Projected Saturday starter Brandon Burke (RHP) will now start on Friday, with Saturday's starter listed as TBD.

REBEL ROUSIN'
*UNLV enters the weekend 4-5 after dropping the three-game series 2-1 to Cal State Fullerton last weekend.
*The Rebels will travel to Cal for a three-game series this weekend before heading to Los Angeles for the Tuesday match-up with the Lions.
*Blake Gailen is leading the Rebels at the plate with a .484 average after going 11-for-13 last weekend against the Titans.

SERIES STATS
The two opponents this weekend have a long history with the Lions, and both lead the all-time series record with LMU. Fresno State owns an 18-8 advantage all-time against the Lions, while UNLV is 14-10 against LMU.

PAIR OF JUNIORS ON EARLY STREAK
With eight games already in the books, a pair of Lion juniors have hit safely in each game: Eric Farris and Sean Dovel have posted at least one hit in each of the Lions' eight games. For Farris and Dovel, their hitting streaks actually date back to last season. Farris has now hit safely in his last 21 games played. For Dovel, the number is 17 straight games.

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.

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.

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-5newcomers, 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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