March 7, 2007
The Lions will bring a four-game winning streak across the country with them when they travel to play a three-game series with Tulane this weekend. The match-up will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. Pacific game times for the weekend are 4:30 p.m. Friday, 12:00 noon Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. Sunday. Fans can follow the Lions on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.
*The weekend series at Tulane marks the second of three straight weekends the Lions will spend on the road.
*March has been kind to the Lions so far, as LMU is4-0 during the month.
*The four straight wins is the longest winning streak of 2007 for LMU.
*The trip south this weekend marks the longest road trip in distance for the Lions since 2002, when LMU played a three-game series at Mississippi State. It is one of only two plane trips for the Lions this season, with Gonzaga being the other.
*Sophomore Brian Wilson hit .400 last week to lead the Lions' offensively.
GREEN WAVE GOSSIP
*Tulane is 11-4 with seven straight victories after mid-week wins Tuesday and Wednesday.
*The Green Wave have been ranked as high as 15th in the nation, but have recently fallen out of the top-25.
*The only common opponent so far for Tulane and LMU has been USC. The Lions dropped two games to the Trojans, and Tulane dropped its series in Los Angeles1-2.
*The team was displaced last season after Hurricane Katrina, but will move back into its home Turchin Stadium later this season. This weekend's games will be played in nearby Triple-A ballpark Zephyr Field, home to the New York Mets' minor league team.
*Tulane's Nate Simon was named C-USA Co-Hitter of the Week after going 6-for-12 with two doubles, two home runs, and six RBI as the Green Wave won four games last week.
This weekend's match-up marks the first meeting of the two baseball teams.
MACIAS AMONG NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Left-hander Daniel Macias was named to the College Baseball Foundation's (CBF) National Honor Roll after throwing an eight-inning shutout of Cal Poly Saturday to help LMU baseball clinch the series against the Mustangs. The Lions went on to sweep Cal Poly on the road. Macias held the Mustangs scoreless while allowing six hits in his eight innings. Opponents hit just .207 off the senior, who struck out a pair in the combined shutout effort. Macias was one of 25 pitchers in the nation to earn the honor last week. Also honored last week was Tulane's Nate Simon.
BEAL CAN DEAL
Reliever Andy Beal put up one of the best weeks in his LMU career over the last few games. Beal (2-1) threw in the Lions' last five games, tallying one start, one win, and three saves. Over the five games, he worked 6.0 innings, holding opponents USC, Cal Poly, and Cal State Northridge scoreless. He gave up just five hits while striking out three.
LMU CONNECTION TO ZEPHYR FIELD
With the three-game series being played at the New York Mets' Triple-A Zephyr Field, Lion fans may remember an LMU connection. The stadium, located in Metairie, La., was home to Lion Billy Traber (1998-00) last season as he worked his way up to the big leagues with the New Orleans Zephyrs. Traber is now on the Washington Nationals' active roster. The Zephyrs were part of the Nationals' organization last year when Traber was on the roster, but have switched to the New York Mets organization for the 2007 season.
RECORD BOOK WATCH
A pair of Lions are just games away from entering the LMU record book. Junior Eric Farris needs just seven stolen bases to be among LMU's all-time leaders in career stolen bases. Farris currently has 41, and needs 48 to be among the top-10 career marks of all-time. Fellow junior Andy Beal needs one more save to be among LMU's all-time leaders in season saves. Beal already has recorded four saves this season and needs five to rank among the top-10 season marks of all-time at LMU.
STARTERS KEY IN SWEEP OF CAL POLY
A big factor in LMU's sweep of Cal Poly on the road last weekend was the Lions' starting pitching. The three starters each posted a season-long outing last weekend in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Brad Meyers worked 8.0 innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. Saturday's Daniel Macias also threw a season-long 8.0 innings. Brian Wilson worked 6.1 innings Sunday.
CRUZ MILESTONE WATCH
In his 11th season as head coach of the Lions, Frank Cruz is nearing the 300th career victory milestone. Entering the weekend with 292 career wins, Cruz needs eight more to become the second coach at LMU to reach the mark. Coach Marv Wood (1970-1984) notched 371 career wins in his time at LMU.
FARRIS FAIRS WELL IN FEBRUARY
LMU junior Eric Farris led the Lions in February, hitting .456 (31-for-68) to lead the West Coast 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.
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.
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.