March 1, 2007
Spring Break begins in San Luis Obispo for LMU baseball, who travels north this weekend for a three-game set at Cal Poly (10-7). The Lions (4-11-1) then return to Page Stadium Tuesday to host Cal State Northridge for their only home game in their next 11 contests. Fans who can't catch the Spring Break action at the park can follow the Lions on the web at www.LMULions.com through both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.
*The series at Cal Poly will begin a tough stretch for the Lions, who will play their next three weekend series on the road (Cal Poly, Tulane, UC Santa Barbara).
*After facing three WAC opponents, the Lions will turn their attention back to the Big West and Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge.
*Freshman Angelo Songco hit .500 last week with five doubles. The Lions' right fielder leads the West Coast Conference in doubles and ranks second in slugging percentage.
*The Mustangs are 10-7 after winning the series against Santa Clara last weekend.
*Other common opponents of the Mustangs and the Lions include USC (L), San Diego State (W 2 of 3), and Fresno State (W).
*Brent Morel leads Cal Poly, hitting .408 with a .735 slugging percentage.*The Mustang pitching staff has a strikeout to walk ratio of 130:74 in its 17 games so far this season.
*The Matadors were the first Big West team to reach 10 wins after handing Oklahoma State its first series loss since 2006.
*Things don't get any easier for Cal State Northridge this weekend, as the Matadors take on Texas Tech.
*Common opponents of CSUN and LMU include UNLV (W 2 of 3) and Fresno State (1-1).
*Jorge Andrade Jr. leads the Matadors, hitting .396.
LMU leads the all-time series with Cal Poly 12-6. The Mustangs won two of three games at Page Stadium last year, taking games two and three. Cal State Northridge owns the all-time series advantage against the Lions 29-25. The Lions and Mustangs played four times last season, with CSUN winning three of four.
The Lions are looking to get down to business on the road this weekend, as LMU is in search of its first road win. It won't come easily, as Cal Poly is 8-2 at home so far this season.
FARRIS FAIRS WELL IN FEBRUARY
LMU junior Eric Farris led the Lions in February, hitting .456 (31-for-68) to lead the WestCoast Conference in batting average. The Lions' second baseman put up a .603 slugging percentage, a mark that also led the conference at month's end. Farris added a .500 on-base percentage and went 11-for-12 in stolen bases. He was the WCC's first Player of the Week of 2007, earning the honor after LMU swept Sacramento State to open the season.
FAB FROSH FUN TO WATCH
Lion fans have especially enjoyed the play of freshmen Angelo Songco and Will Dugoni lately. Songco now is second on the team, hitting .345 a .586 slugging percentage. After playing his first four games in a Lion uniform last week, Dugoni is hitting .455 with an on-base percentage of .500.
NOR CAL NATIVES ANCHOR LEFT SIDE DEFENSE
LMU's starting defense on the left side of the field has looked very familiar to natives of Northern California. The Lions' shortstop, third baseman, and left fielder all played high school baseball up north. Infielders Michael Glomb and Will Dugoni are alumni of Bellarmine Prep, while left fielder Marty Mullins came to LMU out of Los Gatos High School.
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.