April 23, 2013

Matadors Drop Midweek Game 5-0 at LMU

LOS ANGELES -

Loyola Marymount University's Matt Florer threw the first LMU no-hitter since 1980 as the Lions (21-19) defeated the Cal State Northridge Matadors (22-18) 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Page Stadium. The Matadors drew five walks in the game but were unable to advance a runner past second base against the senior left-hander.

The Lions opened the scoring in the bottom of the third against the Matadors after CSUN's Brandon Warner retired six of the first seven batters he faced in the first two innings of play. With runners on first and third, a fielding error in the infield allowed one LMU run to score and other came across on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Cheek.

A third run scored for the Lions in the bottom of the fourth to give LMU a 3-0 cushion. Again with runners on first and third and no outs, Mitchell Esser grounded into a fielder's choice to score Colton Plaia.

The final two runs of the game scored in the bottom of the fifth. After an RBI single for Cheek, Matt Lowenstein tripled with nobody on and two outs and later scored on a wild pitch.

Northridge's best chance for runs came in the top of the eighth after Alexis Mercado was hit by a pitch and Kyle Ferramola walked, but Florer got a fly out and a double play to escape the harm.

Northridge will return home for its next three games as the Matadors host the Pacific Tigers in a Big West Conference series this weekend. First pitch on Friday, April 26 is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Matador Field.