Loyola Marymount Hands Baseball Its Worst Loss Ever, 31-7
March 19, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Jonathan Oller hit two three-run home runs in the seventh inning Tuesday and the Loyola Marymount Lions handed the USC Trojans their worst loss in the program's history, 31-7, in non-conference action at George Page Stadium. Oller went 4-for-6 with seven RBI as the Lions scored 10 runs in the seventh and eight runs in the eighth.
Loyola Marymount (9-16) snapped USC's (12-10) five-game winning streak. The 31 runs allowed were the most given up by USC, dating back to 1921, and the 24-run margin of defeat was also the largest in history. LMU recorded 27 hits, the most in a game by a USC opponent.
The Trojans committed five errors on the afternoon. USC had a 2-0 lead until the second inning when LMU scored three runs on two Trojan errors.
The game changed in the fifth inning with the Lions leading, 6-2. Shortstop Billy Lockin walked with the bases loaded before second baseman Sean Smith hit a grand slam to left center for an 11-2 lead for the Lions.
The Trojans were playing their fifth game in seven days and final game of a 22-game stretch on the road to open the 2002 season, due to a $4 million renovation project at Dedeaux Field. A total of eight pitchers were used by the Trojans in the game.
USC will play its first home games this weekend with a non-conference series against top-ranked Stanford. The series will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday (March 23) at 1 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday (March 24) also at 1 p.m. All games will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com.
USC 200-001-103 --- 7-12-5LMU 030-352-(10)8x --- 31-27-0
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