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Baseball Falls to LMU, 4-1

April 5, 2003

Final Stats

Los Angeles, CA - Loyola Marymount won its fourth consecutive game and second straight over Saint Mary's, 4-1 at Page Stadium, Saturday afternoon. The victory raised LMU's record to 20-12 overall, 7-4 in the West Coast Conference, while the Gaels dropped to 13-18, 4-7 in the league.

LMU's Kyle Huddy upped his record to 4-3 on the season, 4-1 as a starter, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out five and walking two in 7.1 innings of work. Saint Mary's stating pitcher Kevin Trochez (0-3) earned the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits, while LMU's Joshua Muecke picked up his first save of the season. Muecke retired five of the six batters he faced, while striking out two.

The Gaels took a 1-0 lead as Gilbert Gil hit a one-out double to left-centerfield in the fifth inning. SMC's Tim Spooner singled, driving in Gil and staking the Gaels to the narrow advantage.

Following the second inning, Trochez, who entered the game with a 7.85 earned run average, settled down. Trochez faced the minimum over the next 3.1 innings until LMU All-American Billy Lockin hit his first home run of the season to tie the game at one in the bottom of the sixth.

The Lions took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, as LMU freshmen James Cooper and Chris Pettit scored on a RBI single by Joe Frazee and a RBI fielder's choice by Lockin. After Jonathan Higashi hit his second single of the game, Lockin completed a double steal, swiping home for a 4-1 lead.

Lockin finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, as Gil went 3-for-4 with a double and a run for the Gaels.

The Gaels will conclude their series with Loyola Marymount tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.



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