April 12, 2007
LMU baseball heads to Northern California this weekend for a three-game West Coast Conference series at Saint Mary's. The Lions will remain on the road for a Tuesday match-up at Long Beach State. The series in Moraga, Calif. opens Friday with a 3:00 p.m. start, and all four road games can be followed live on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.
THE WEEKEND WCC SERIES
The weekend series between the Gaels and the Lions continues a long-time battle between the SoCal and NorCal foes. The teams have met 15 times in the last three seasons, with LMU owning a 11-4 advantage, including a 6-0 sweep in 2004. Until the WCC switched formats in 2006, the conference was divided into two divisions and each team would play the opponents in its division six times in the regular season. With the format switch in 2006, all eight teams face each other in just one three-game series. Overall, the Lions also own the all-time series with Saint Mary's 65-32.
*After a big WCC-opening series win over San Francisco, the Lions dropped a tough series at ninth-ranked Pepperdine last weekend. LMU lost three games by a combined four runs to the top-10 Waves.*19 of LMU's games have been decided by two runs or less.*Freshman Angelo Songco continued to establish himself as one of the top freshmen in the WCC, as he hit .455 with a home run at ninth-ranked Pepperdine last weekend. He ranks 56th in the nation in doubles per game.*Brian Wilson was also impressive at Pepperdine, holding the Waves scoreless on three hits until their eighth-inning rally.
*It has been a rollercoaster season for the Gaels, who went undefeated for 14 straight contests but have now dropped eight straight.
*Saint Mary's went 0-6 against the WCC's two ranked teams in Pepperdine and San Diego.
*Joel Staples leads the Gaels with 32 RBI this season and is approaching the SMC single-season record book.
*Likewise, pitcher Sean Gleason is approaching the season record book in strikeouts, as the junior transfer has tallied 54 so far this season.
*Long Beach State has been in and out of nation's top-25, but will likely return after taking two from top-10 Pepperdine this Tuesday.
*The Dirtbags host Cal State Northridge in a three-game Big West Conference series this weekend before hosting the Lions next Tuesday.
*Head Coach Mike Weathers was named Team USA coach for summer 2007. LMU's Frank Cruz held the post in 2004.
LIONS' STARTER KEEPS ON GOING
Starting pitcher Brad Meyers has worked into at least the seventh inning for six straight starts. Meyers threw 8.0 innings in the win over Cal Poly March 2nd and went on to work into the late innings against then-28th-ranked Tulane, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis. Against San Francisco, he worked a season-long 8.2 innings. Last weekend at ninth-ranked Pepperdine, Meyers went 6.1 innings.
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 298 career wins, Cruz needs two 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.
SIX STRAIGHT YEARS OF STARTING WCC PLAY OUT RIGHT
LMU's WCC opening series win over San Francisco last weekend marked the sixth straight season the Lions have opened league play with a series win. The Lions have faced some tough opponents in those openers, drawing the defending WCC champion in three of those six seasons.
GLOMB, MACIAS SHINE IN MARCH
March featured some exciting wins for the Lions, and a pair of upperclassmen in junior infielder Michael Glomb and senior left-handed pitcher Daniel Macias were a big part of the run. Led by Glomb and Macias, the Lions swept Cal Poly, and took two of three from 28th-ranked Tulane, and San Francisco. Glomb hit .323 (20-for-62) with nine runs scored and three RBI on the month. Macias went 3-1 on the mound during March. He tallied 33.0 innings of work, finishing with an ERA of 4.09 and 17 strikeouts. His 8.0 innings against Cal Poly resulted in a combined shutout effort, which earned him a spot on the CBF National Honor Roll for the week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.