Around the Bases
Lions us luck to win
By Abbey Mastracco
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Loyola Marymount had been
struggling coming into Friday’s game against No. 6-ranked
Pepperdine, but as luck would have it, a dropped fly ball in the
bottom of the 10th allowed the Lions to overtake their
nationally-ranked West Coast Conference foe 6-5.
Joe Vierra notched just his second hit of the
season with a one-out single to drive in Kyle Spraker for the
walk-off win Friday afternoon at Page Stadium. Spraker reached
second after Pepperdine (6-3, 23-13) outfielders let an easy fly
drop in shallow center field.
“We were the recipients today of some luck,” said
LMU (5-5, 19-18) head coach Frank Cruz. “The hit at the end by
Joe Vierra, who hadn’t been suiting up, was pretty big and very
Tuesday night, Long Beach State first baseman
Shane Peterson hit for the cycle against the Waves at Blair
Field in Long Beach. The Waves almost made it a pattern of
opponents hitting through the cycle, as Spraker finished just a
home run away from the cycle, going 4 for 5 with a pair of runs
and a pair of RBI.
“That would have been pretty painful for them,”
Spraker said. “It would have been exciting to hit a home run and
a walk off and a cycle but it just feels good to get a win.”
Michael Glomb went 2 for 5, scoring once on a
solo homer and driving two in for Lions. Jonathan Johnson
finished 2 for 4, scoring once. Trent Diedrich led Pepperdine,
going 2 for 5 with two runs. Eric Thames went 1 for 3 with a run
and was intentionally walked three times.
The two West Coast Conference teams battled
through game one of their three-game series, as the Lions
managed to come back each time, tying the game twice. The
back-and-forth ballgame was extended in the eighth when
Pepperdine’s defense gave way to the Lions. Reliever Nick Gaudi overthrew a ball to third with two outs, allowing
Spraker to reach home, tying the game at 5-5.
Down 3-0 in the third, Spraker ripped a two-RBI
triple in the third and Glomb hit his third career-homer, a solo
round-tripper to left-center, to tie the game at 3-all.
The hot bat comes on the heels of a slump into
which Spraker had recently fallen. Spraker had struggled until
Friday, falling short since WCC play began nearly a month ago.
“I was starting to fall into a pretty good little
slump,” Spraker said. “But I feel good again, I’ve been seeing
the ball better and my timing is back.”
“He had a good day today,” Cruz said. “And he’s
been working hard so that’s good to see that he got rewarded.”
The Waves defense lacked as they committed three
errors on the day, including the error in the outfield that led
to the win. Pepperdine has now committed 40 errors on the
The WCC series continues Saturday at 1 p.m. at
Page Stadium with Andy Beal (4-3, 4.53) taking the hill for the
Lions. Beal is slated to square off against southpaw Scott
Alexander (3-2, 4.63).