March 14, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - In a high-scoring affair that saw the Cal State Northridge Matadors (8-6) and the Loyola Marymount Lions (4-10) combine for 30 runs, 30 hits, and ten home runs, LMU bested CSUN in the finale of a three-game series by a final score of 20-10 Sunday afternoon at Matador Field.
Loyola Marymount struck first in the top of the second inning, when left-fielder Nick Devian homered to centerfield to give the Lions an early 1-0 lead, that would eventually grow to 10-0, with three home runs providing the bulk of the Lion offense.
CSUN looked as if they were ready to have an offensive outburst of their own when it came their turn to bat in the third, as shortstop Decater answered by leading off the bottom-half of the inning with a solo blast that traveled over the left-field fence for his first of two home runs on the day.
But it was the fourth inning is when the Matador bats came to life, as CSUN scored five runs on five hits to cut the LMU advantage to five.
D'Anna led off the inning with a solo blast to right center, the first of six runs that would cross the plate for the Matadors that inning.
Of the ten combined home runs hit in Sunday's contest, four were solo shots from lead-off batters; LMU led off the top-half of the third and fourth innings with home runs, while Decater and D'Anna responded with blasts of their own in the bottom-half of each respective inning.
Nate Ring's single up the middle scored DeMarco from third, before Decater cleared the bases with his second home run of the day, narrowing the Lion lead to 11-6.
Unfortunately for the Matadors, LMU's bats showed no signs of cooling off.
In the top-half of the fifth inning with two on and two outs, Loyola right-fielder Jason Barmasse stepped to the plate and hit a three-run homer over the right field fence that extended the LMU cushion to eight runs.
Marty Bowen's double down the left-field line in the bottom of the fifth put a man on for Belanger, who proceeded to blast one deep over the right-field fence, a two-run shot that just stayed fair to cut the LMU lead to six.
The home run was Belanger's first of the season.
The Lions responded in the sixth with a six-run effort of their own, putting the pressure back on the Matadors to continue their performance at the plate.
Pineda began the Matador rally in the seventh, by reaching base the hard way, when Lion pitcher Jordan McClintick hit the second baseman with a pitch.
D'Anna took full advantage of the Lion mistake and hit his second home run of the day. Unfortunately, that would be as close as CSUN would get, as D'Anna's RBI's would be the final two of the afternoon for the Matadors.
CSUN returns to action on Tuesday, as the Matadors will take on the UNLV Rebels at Matador Field in their last home game before starting a four-game road series against Seattle University later in the week. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.
LMU 019 136 000 - 20 17 1
Matadors 001 520 200 - 10 13 1
Win - Lally (2-0) Loss - Wilyman (0-2) Save - None
T - 3:03 A - 385