Baseball Stunned By LMU In 9th, 5-4

Lucas Halstead (photo by Meghan Laurel Photography)
Lucas Halstead (photo by Meghan Laurel Photography)

LOS ANGELES - Will Lydon tossed into the seventh, and Lucas Halstead homered for the second-straight day, but Loyola Marymount scored three times in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 win over Pacific Saturday. Halstead finished 2-of-3 with three runs batted in for Pacific.

Lydon allowing 2 earned runs on seven hits, with no walks and a pair of strikeouts while pitching into the seventh and the Tigers carried a 4-2 lead into the ninth, but a two-run triple and a sacrifice fly gave the Lions a walk-off victory.

James Free II added a 2-for-4 day at the plate with a pair of doubles and an RBI for the Tigers.

Lydon and LMU starter Brenton Arriaga dueled through five innings, each surrendering just three hits.

But in the sixth, the Tigers picked up a single from Danny Mayer and a double from Free for a 1-0 lead with no one out. Ryan Schalch followed with a double to set up second and third, and Halstead delivered his second home run of the series, a three-run shot to left, for a 4-0 Pacific lead.

After a hit by pitch to open the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Shearer doubled for the Lions. On a grounder to Kevin Sandri at third, Sandri came home to nail Niko Decolati at the plate for the first out, but Jamey Smart singled through the right side to bring in Shearer as the Lions finally touched Lydon for a run. Cooper Uhl singled up the middle to cut the Tigers lead in half at 4-2 as Lydon departed. Vince Arobio stuck out Billy Wilson to end the frame.

Arobio put down the side in the eighth despite a walk and a double by Shearer, but in the bottom of the ninth, Smart worked a lead-off walk, and after a hit-by-pitch, Wilson tripped to right-center with one out to tie the game at 4-4. The Tigers intentionally walked Phil Caulfield to set up a double-play, but Nick Sogard hit an 0-2 pitch to center field, and Wilson scored on the walk-off sacrifice fly.

Arobio falls to 2-2 on the year, Giuseppe Benedetti picked up the win, as he tossed three innings of one-hit ball in relief of Arriaga.

The Lions improve to 17-10 on the season, and 6-2 in the West Coast Conference while the Tigers fall to 11-14 overall and 2-6 in the WCC.

Both of Halstead's home runs in the series have come on 0-2 counts. LMU will go for the series sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m.