LMU Takes Series With 4-3 Win Over Washington

Feb. 16, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount used a four-run fourth inning to propel itself to a 4-3 win over the Washington baseball team Sunday at Page Stadium. LMU won the three-game non-conference series, two games to one.

The Huskies fell to 3-3 on the season while the Lions improved to 2-4.

UW starter Jeff Petersen (0-1) had held the Lions without a hit through the first three innings. In the fourth, however, Petersen hit LMU catcher Jonathan Higashi with a pitch to lead off the inning and DH Joshua Whitesell provided the Lions their first hit and runs of the game, lofting an opposite-field homer over Page Stadium's 37-foot-high left field fence.

Carl Stoeber and Sean Smith followed the homer with back-to-back singles and after a bunt moved them to second and third, Stoeber scored on a fielder's choice groundout. With a runner at second, Chris Pettit doubled off of the left-field wall to drive in another run, staking the Lions with a 4-0 lead.

LMU starter Justin Abreu (1-0) spent most of his seven innings pitching from the stretch as the Huskies put runners aboard in each of the first eight innings, including the leadoff hitter four times. The UW, however, was unable to plate a runner until the eighth.

In that inning, two walks and a single -- all off of LMU relievers -- loaded the bases with one out and UW sophomore Taylor Johnson singled through the left side to drive in Kyle Larsen with the Huskies' first run. After a second out, Justin Drake laced a single past a diving third baseman and two more runs were in, cutting the Loyola lead to 4-3.

Petersen threw three and two-thirds innings in the loss, allowing four runs on five hits. Husky reliever Trent Baysinger worked four and a third and held the Lions without a run the rest of the way.

Abreu got the win, allowing no runs on six hits over his seven innings of work. He walked two and struck out three. For the second day in a row, LMU closer Stephen Kahn pitched the ninth to earn the save.

Larsen and Drake each finished with two hits to lead the Washington offense. Whitesell and Pettit had two each for the Lions.

Washington opens the home schedule next weekend as Gonzaga comes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game, non-conference series. The Huskies and Zags open the home slate Friday at 2:00 p.m. and continue with 1:00 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday.

LINESCORELoyola Marymount 4, Washington 3Washington           000 000 030 -- 3 9 0Loyola Marymount     000 400 00x -- 4 9 2Jeff Petersen, Trent Baysinger (4) and Aaron Hathaway. Justin Abreu, Erik Reyes (8),Jeff Stevens (8), Stephen Kahn (9) and Jonathan Higashi. W - Abreu (1-0). L - Petersen (0-1).Sv - Kahn (2). 2B - LMU, Chris Pettit. HR - LMU, Joshua Whitesell (2). T - 2:38.A - 378. Records: UW 3-3; LMU 2-4.
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