In a game that only saw two hits from the Lions’ offense, the baseball team fell to USC 6-1 on Wednesday night. USC freshman starting pitcher John Beller allowed a leadoff infield single to Lions’ senior outfielder Billy Wilson in the first inning and a double in the fifth inning to junior infielder Brandon Shearer while throwing nine strikeouts and allowing one run to LMU.
LMU could not get the bats going against USC, where lead hitters senior first baseman Jamey Smart and sophomore second baseman Nick Sogard went a combined 0-8 at the plate. Sophomore shortstop Niko Decolati, who reached base via an error, was the one baserunner to reach home in the game for the Lions on freshman outfielder Kenny Oyama's flyout in the eighth inning.
Pitching also saw trouble against USC, where four pitchers would see the mound throughout the game and combined for only one strikeout total, which was thrown by freshman starting pitcher Austin Carder. The Lions’ pitching surrendered seven hits to the Trojans, who were able to get six runs from multiple extra base hits. The pitching rotation saw success in not surrendering too many walks, only allowing two walks to the Trojans during the game. However, the multiple hits and lack of strikes thrown allowed the Trojans to cruise to victory.
This loss places the Lions at 17-20 overall on the season, with this being their second straight loss after their loss to Long Beach State. The Lions will look to move back to .500 when they next play a series against conference opponent Portland. The Lions have had more success in conference, where they have a 10-5 record — good for first place in the WCC.