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LMU's Traber Hurls Gem to Mets

Aug. 11, 2006

Making his first start since being recalled last Sunday, LMU's Billy Traber (1998-2000) earned a win over the National League East-leading New York Mets. Traber improved to 2-1 after the seven inning effort against the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2000 MLB Draft.

Traber was scheduled to start Saturday, but was moved up to the Friday start. While at LMU, the El Segundo, Calif. native led the Lions to three consecutive West Coast Conference titles. He was a two-time All-American while in the Lion uniform.

The following recap by Bill Ladson appeared on MLB.com.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Left-hander Billy Traber had his best outing of the season and helped the Nationals defeat the Mets, 2-1, in front 29,414 fans on Friday night at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.Traber pitched seven-plus innings and gave up one run on four hits. He struck out two batters and walked none. Traber was economical in his pitching, throwing 82 pitches, 59 of them strikes.

The Mets' lone run scored in the first inning, when Paul Lo Duca hit a home run over the left-field wall. Traber then retired 13 of the next 14 hitters he faced.

The Nationals took the lead off Tom Glavine in the second inning, when Brian Schneider doubled down the third-base line to drive in two runs.

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