Loyola Marymount Surprises No. 22/21 USC Baseball, 5-3
April 26, 2005
LOS ANGELES - A.J. LaMonda went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI Tuesday as the Loyola Marymount Lions surprised the No. 22/21 USC Trojans, 5-3, in nonconference action at Dedeaux Field. Andy Beal pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn the victory for the Lions.
Loyola Marymount improved to 17-23 on the season while USC falls to 26-13. Ryan Schlack (0-1) took the loss for the Trojans, allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning.
LaMonda led off the third with his second home run of the season to right. Sean Dovel followed with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch from reliever Michael Friedman to make it a 2-0 advantage for the Lions.
Third baseman Billy Hart scored from second on a Bueno wild pitch in the third for the Trojans' first run. Jon Oller hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth to make it 3-1 for LMU.
USC's Blake Sharpe tied the game in the fifth with a two-run homer, his second of the season. LMU answered again with two runs in the sixth on back-to-back singles by Oller and LaMonda.
Catcher Jeff Clement doubled down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh after pinch hitter Dale Legaspi led off with a walk, but Legaspi was thrown out at the plate on a perfect 9-4-2 relay by the Lions. Hart then walked but Beal struck out Cyle Hankerd to end the inning.
Ezequiel Ruvalcaba threw two perfect innings to pick up his first save of the season.
USC travels to No. 9/10 Arizona this weekend for a crucial Pac-10 Conference series, beginning on Friday (April 29) at 7 p.m. The series continues on Saturday (April 30) at 1 p.m. and Sunday (May 1) at 12:30 p.m. The Trojans are in fourth place in the Pac-10, two games back of the first-place Wildcats.
All three games will be televised with Friday's game on ESPNU, Saturday's game on FSN and Sunday's game on ESPN. The series will also be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
LMU 002-102-000---5-6-0USC 001-020-000---3-8-0
WP-Beal (2-1) LP-Schlack (0-1) S-Ruvalcaba (1)T: 3:02 ATT: 476Records: USC (26-13), LMU (17-23)
Bueno, Beal (5), Ruvalcaba (8) and Dovel.Encinas, Friedman (3), Fogel (4), Schlack (6), Smith (6), Aguilar (8), Koss (9) and Clement.