March 24, 2011
LOS ANGELES - After earning West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week recognition earlier this week, junior Alex Gillingham added a national honor on Thursday by getting his name on the College Baseball Foundation's National All-Star Lineup.
Gillingham tossed a complete-game shutout as LMU defeated No. 14 UC Irvine by a count of 4-0 on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Page Stadium. Gillingham, who improved to 3-2 on the year, tossed 130 pitches (86 strikes) en route to the first complete-game shutout for the Lions since Martin Viramontes shut out Saint Mary's on May 2, 2010. The native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. finished the game with a career-best 11 strikeouts and walked just one while allowing three hits. He retired 17 straight from two out in the first through one out in the seventh. For Gillingham, the complete game was the second of the year and of his career, as he tossed eight in a loss on the road to UC Riverside on February 19. The right-hander had tossed eight innings in each of his previous four starts this year.
Having lost two straight games for only the second time this year after a midweek loss to Long Beach State on Tuesday, LMU will head to Cal State Northridge to open a three-game split series with the Matadors over the weekend. Friday's game one will be played at Matador Field at 3 p.m. before the two teams head to Page Stadium for game two at 1 p.m. The series finale will send the teams back to Northridge for a 1 p.m. first pitch.