Loyola Marymount Rallies For 11-10 Win Over USC
March 24, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Michael Glomb scored the game-winning run in the eighth Monday on Mike O'Neill's fielding error as the Loyola Marymount Lions rallied from a five-run deficit for the 11-10 victory against the USC Trojans. The Lions rebounded from a nine-run fourth by the Trojans, scoring six unanswered runs for the win.
LMU (12-11) had runners at first and second with two outs in the eighth. Jonathan Johnson lifted a fly ball to left that scored the tying run in Ryan Wheeler and Glomb was able to score when O'Neill overran the ball for the eventual game-winner.
Greg Meyers (1-0) earned the win after recording an out on the lone batter he faced in the eighth as Xavier Esquivel threw a perfect ninth for his third save of the season.
Wheeler singled off USC starter Philip Urso to lead off the second, followed by Michael Glomb being hit by an Urso pitch for runners at first and second. T.J. Bernardy then moved both runners over with a ground ball to first and Will Dugoni walked to load the bases. Cabral then came in and gave up a two-run single to A.J. LaMonda, followed by an RBI double from Kyle Spraker.
Down 3-0, the Trojans sent 14 batters to the plate as part of the nine-run fourth. Roberto Lopez led off with a triple as the Trojans connected for six straight hits to start the rally. Perren capped the scoring with a two-run single.
LMU scored twice in the bottom half before USC tallied another run in the fifth for the 10-5 lead. Wheeler led off the seventh with a triple for the Lions off reliever Anthony Encinas. Glomb then singled home Wheeler and would later score on Spraker's RBI single. With the bases loaded, Angelo Songco hit a two-run single to right, but Andy Preston was caught off the bag at third as Billy Pinkerton applied the tag with USC still leading by a run before LMU would win the game in the following inning.
Both teams will play again tomorrow night with a 7 p.m. game at Dedeaux Field. The game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
Notes: USC's nine runs in the fourth were the most runs scored by the Trojans in an inning this season (previous high: vs. Southern, 8th on March 1)...the Trojans stole eight bases today, the most since a school-record 12 stolen bases on May 15, 1995, against Arizona...today was the third time in school history that USC has recorded eight stolen bases in a game (vs. Azusa Pacific on April 8, 1987, and vs. UC Santa Barbara, Feb. 22, 1989)...Grant Green extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games while Roberto Lopez has now hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games.
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WP - Meyers (1-0) LP - Cooper (0-1) S - Esquivel (3)T - 3:25 ATT - 350Records: USC (11-10), LMU (12-11)
Urso, Cabral (2), Hershiser (4), Encinas (7), Beck (7), Cooper (8), Stock (8) and Stock, Salinas (8).Roberts, Lowell (4), Eusebio (4), Burrell (5), Meyers (8), Esquivel (9) and Bernardy.