April 19, 2007
Winners of five straight, LMU baseball faces a tall task this week when it hosts 18th-ranked San Diego and 20th-ranked UC Irvine. Special game times are in effect for this weekend's three-game series with the Toreros. Friday will be a 3:00 p.m. start, but Saturday and Sunday are both slated for 2:00 p.m. first pitches. Rain is forecasted in the Los Angeles area for Friday, so check www.LMULions.com for any schedule changes. All the games will be carried live on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.
THE WEEKEND WCC SERIES
The Lions will first play the big three-game West Coast Conference series against the second-place Toreros, who have not dropped a WCC game since the opening weekend of league play. The Lions and the Toreros have met 15 times in the last three seasons, with LMU holding the 11-4 advantage. USD won the 2006 series 2-1.
THE TUESDAY MATCH-UP
LMU will then turn its attention to UC Irvine, a team LMU has already faced three times this season. The Lions and Anteaters will conclude the four-game series at Page Stadium Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The last meeting between the two teams was one of the most infamous games of the season for the Lions, who played the Anteaters, now ranked in the nation¹s top-20, to a 15-15 tie at Page Stadium. The game was called for darkness with two outs and bases loaded in bottom of the ninth.
*The Lions have won five straight games, with four of the five coming on the road at Saint Mary's and 25th-ranked Long Beach State.
*The extra inning game with the 49ers was the Lions' fifth extra inning game of 2007. LMU is 3-2 in extra inning contests.
*LMU enters the weekend tied for fourth place in the WCC standings with Santa Clara, who is also 5-4 in league play.
*RHP Brad Meyers had a good week last week, throwing 8.0 innings of shutout ball in two appearances. In his weekend start at Saint Mary's, Meyers worked 7.0 innings, scattering five hits - all singles - while striking out three to earn the win. Earlier in the week, Meyers got in an inning of work against San Diego State, holding the Aztecs hitless.
*San Diego saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday at San Diego State, a team the Lions defeated just one week ago.
*The Toreros dropped their first WCC series, losing two games to Gonzaga, but have won each league contest since.
*Friday starting LHP Brian Matusz leads the nation in strikeouts, with 119 in 81.0 innings of work.
*Catcher Jordan Abruzzo was the Co-WCC Player of the Week with LMU's Elvis Herrera this week after hitting .625 as USD went 3-1 last week.
*UC Irvine enters the weekend 26-10-1 and 5-4 in Big West Conference play. The Anteaters rank as high as 18th in the nation, but are the 20th rank in the Collegiate Baseball poll.
*The Anteaters will travel to Page Stadium to face the Lions Tuesday after a three-game BWC series at UC Santa Barbara. UCI enters the weekend sixth in the conference standings.
*UCI closer Blair Erickson made headlines this week when he was added to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Mid-season Watch List. The award will be presented at the end of the season to the nation's top closer.
LOOK FOR THE LIONS IN FRIDAY'S DAILY BREEZE
LMU baseball will grace the pages of Friday's South Bay Daily Breeze newspaper. Photographer Scott Varley and reporter Phil Collin will feature a photo essay on Page Stadium's Mikos Blue Monster. In addition, LMU left-handed pitcher Daniel Macias will also be featured in a piece by Chris Jackson. Don't live in the South Bay? Check it out online at www.dailybreeze.com.
KING OF THE WCC
Elvis Herrera was named WCC Player of the Week after posting a career week that saw the senior lead the Lions to a 4-0 run, including a WCC series sweep of Saint Mary's on the road. Herrera hit .556 (10-for-18), including two three-hit contests on the week. He was a perfect 3-for-3 last Tuesday against San Diego State. Against Saint Mary's on Friday, Herrera drove in five runs, the first time a Lion tallied five RBI since March of 2006. Herrera finished the week with eight RBI and three doubles, giving the outfielder a .722 slugging and .556 on-base percentages. He added four runs scored and a stolen base, and was perfect defensively in left field. The selection was the first career pick for Herrera, and the third Player of the Week selection of the season for the Lions. Eric Farris has earned the honor twice this season. Herrera shares this week's honor with San Diego catcher Jordan Abruzzo. The Lions will host Abruzzo and the Toreros this weekend in a three-game WCC series.
LIONS' STARTER KEEPS ON GOING
Starting pitcher Brad Meyers has worked into at least the seventh inning for seven 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, UC Davis, San Francisco, ninth-ranked Pepperdine, and Saint Mary's.
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.