Lions Roar: LMU 8, Titans 4
April 18, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Brian Wilson pitched six scoreless innings, holding the Titans to just eight hits and Sean Dovel drove in three runs as Loyola Marymount upset No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, 8-4, Tuesday night at Goodwin Field.
The Titans heading back into conference play this weekend have dropped three of their last six contests and fall to 28-10 overall, while LMU improves to 15-25, and settle with a 1-1 season split against the Titans.
The Lions sent up 11 hitters and rolled a five in the first inning as a pair of early errors by third baseman Evan McArthur and shortstop Blake Davis proved to be very costly to losing pitcher Justin Klipp (2-1) and the Titans. After a walk and the two errors, Klipp surrendered three straight hits to Dovel (2-run double), Wilson and Kyle Mura (RBI-single), and uncorked a wild pitch to give LMU the early five-run advantage.
LMU would extend its lead in the top of the fifth to 7-0 after a Cory Vanderhook throwing error and a sacrifice fly off of reliever Cory Arbiso. Arbiso was met with a leadoff double by Erik Johnson who then moved to third on a single by Chris Pettit, setting up a first and third situation. On a steal attempt by Pettit, Vandrhook's throw went wide-right into centerfield scoring Johnson from third, moving the Lion centerfielder all the way around to third to set up the sacrifice fly by Wilson a batter later.
Wilson (2-0) had a good night, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while picking up his second win of the season from the mound.
THe Titans would break up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh, as Justin Turner drove home pinch-hitter Clark Hardman from third with a sacrifice fly. But LMU would answer back with a solo blast off the bat of Dovel to make it 8-1.
Fullerton would plate a run three more times off the LMU pen in the eighth and nith innings, but would give up outs with every run scored. Another Sacrifice fly by Brandon Tripp and scoring groundballs by David Cooper and Danny Dorn would the the Titans as close as they would come at, 8-4.
Blake Davis finished 4-for-5 on the evening picking up singles in his final four at-bats of the night and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Tripp extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to right field in the fifth inning.
Fullerton will travel to Stockton, Calif. after a practice day on Wednesday to face Pacific in a three-game Big West Conference series at the Tigers' brand new facility, Klein Family Field. It will be the first weekend series held there this year.