March 5, 2006

Eight-Run Fifth Gives LMU Series Win

March 5, 2006

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Trailing 4-0 in the fifth, LMU tallied eight runs on four extra base hits to secure the series win over UC Santa Barbara Sunday. The Lions (6-11) took two straight from the Gauchos (4-8), including today's 9-4 game three.

The Lions' posted four hits- all doubles- and received some help from a trio of UCSB walks and an error to push eight across in the bottom of the fifth. Catcher Sean Dovel started the rally with a leadoff double to left center. Nik Garcia followed with a double of his own to drive in Dovel to start the scoring for the Lions.

After an error and three walks brought in Garcia, Michael Glomb, and DeAndre Miller, Chris Pettit's sacrifice fly scored Brian Wilson. A.J. LaMonda then doubled to plate Eric Farris and Erik Johnson and Dovel ended the scoring the way he began it - with a double. Dovel's second double of the inning brought in LaMonda to put the Lions ahead 8-4.

The Lions' added a single run in the sixth when Miller drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a single to center by Farris.

UCSB had taken the early 4-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first and two in the fifth, each on three hits. Chris Valaika led the Gaucho charge, going 3-for-5 with a double and a triple.

LMU's Daniel Macias (1-4) earned the win after throwing five innings and striking out three. Macias gave way to Roberto Torres, who threw four scoreless innings to earn his first career save at LMU.

UCSB starter Bryan Fleming suffered the loss and fell to 1-3 after allowing the go-ahead run in the fifth.

LaMonda (2-for-3) and Dovel (2-for-4) led the way offensively for the Lions. They combined for three RBI and two runs scored. Farris added two RBI.

UCSB will return to action this weekend when it hosts Cal Poly for a three-game series starting on Friday at 2 p.m. The Gauchos and Mustangs will then play game two at Cal Poly before returning to Caesar Uyesaka for Sunday's series finale.