March 15, 2007
Winners of six of their last seven, the Lions will face a pair of Big West Conference teams on the road this weekend. LMU travels to UC Santa Barbara (7-10) for a three-game series that opens Friday. The Lions will wrap up their five-game road swing Tuesday at Cal State Northridge. As always, fans can follow the Lions (10-12-1) on the road right here at www.LMULions.com through both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio.
*After topping 28th-ranked Tulane last weekend, the Lions have won six of their last seven games, including five on the road.
*In the three games at 28th-ranked Tulane last weekend, LMU committed just one error all weekend.
*The Lions' entire rotation has pitched at least into the seventh inning for the last two weekends.
*Sunday starter Brian Wilson held the 28th-ranked Green Wave scoreless until the sixth inning.
*UC Santa Barbara swept a three-game non-conference series against Cal State Northridge last weekend.
*But the Gauchos then dropped two mid-week contests to Minnesota. This marks the second week in a row that the Lions will take on a team that played both the Tuesday and Wednesday before, as Tulane had played two mid-week games last week before meeting LMU.
*Senior first baseman Robbie Blauer led the Gauchos last week, hitting.571 and extending his hitting streak to 18 consecutive games.
*Common opponents for Gauchos and Lions so far this season include San Jose State and Cal State Northridge. The Lions and Gauchos have both downed Cal State Northridge each time they've met. UCSB split its two games with the Spartans, while SJSU topped LMU in two of three games.
THE MATADOR MATCH-UP
*Cal State Northridge will travel to Washington for a three-game series before hosting the Lions Tuesday.
*The Lions and Matadors met last Tuesday, with LMU winning the 11-inning marathon 9-8.
*Jorge Andrade, Jr. still leads the Matadors with a .425 average.
The Lions lead the all-time series with the Gauchos 48-35-1, while the Matadors still have the 29-26 edge over the Lions.
DOVEL NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Junior Sean Dovel is one of 27 of the nation's top catchers on the initial Johnny Bench Award Watch List. The honor will be awarded to the nation's best catcher in June. Dovel appears on the list after hitting .311 last year. He is currently hitting .344 with team-leading .578 slugging percentage.
FARRIS EARNS SECOND WCC PLAYER OF WEEK HONORS
Fellow junior Eric Farris was named WCC Player of the Week after leading the Lions to a 3-1 week that featured the road series win over 28th-ranked Tulane. Over the four games, Farris hit 9-for-19 (.474) with five stolen bases, six runs scored, and three RBI. In the Lions' two wins over Tulane, Farris went 7-for-10 as the leadoff batter. The WCC Player of the Week nod was the second of the season for Farris, who earned the first weekly honor of the season after an opening weekend sweep of Sac State. It is his third career selection.
RECORD BOOK WATCH
Farris needs just two stolen bases to be among LMU's all-time leaders in career stolen bases. Farris currently has 46, and needs 48 to be among the top-10 career marks of all-time.
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 294 career wins, Cruz needs six 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.
INSIDE THE LIONS: GALLERY NOW ONLINE
Check out the Lions' new photo gallery from their three-game series at Fresno State. View the gallery by clicking the link on the right of the baseball page at www.LMULions.com.
BEAL CAN DEAL
Reliever Andy Beal has put together an impressive month of March so far. Beal (2-1) has thrown in seven of the Lions' last eight games, tallying one start, one win, and four saves. Over the eight games, he worked 8.0 innings, holding opponents USC, Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, and 28th-ranked Tulane to just one run. Beal has now totaled five saves on the season, one of the top-10 season marks all-time at LMU.
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 to help LMU 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.
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. For his efforts, the LMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee voted Farris the Athlete of the Month.
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 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.
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).
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.
5 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.
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.