This weekend, the LMU Baseball team (17-10 overall, 7-2 conference) visited the University of Portland (16-10 overall, 2-7 conference) in a WCC matchup. The Lions won two out of the three games in Portland and are now tied for first place in the WCC. Here are the three major takeaways from this weekend.
3. Paiva and Agnew shine on the mound
The Lions were fortunate to receive solid starting pitching performances from their two top starting pitchers, senior Codie Paiva and junior Josh Agnew. In the first game of the series, Paiva dealt 6.2 innings of one run ball, racking up seven strikeouts against only two walks in the eventual 2-1 victory. The performance lowered his season ERA to 1.87, best on the LMU pitching staff.
In the second game of the series, junior Josh Agnew pitched 5.1 solid innings, giving up only one run, three walks, and one strikeout. On the year Agnew is now 3-1, with a 3.00 ERA in 38.1 innings. In his last five games, Agnew has now averaged just under six innings pitched, and has been a stable source of innings for Coach Gill and the LMU pitching staff.
2. Esquerra continues to rake
Junior first baseman Trevin Esquerra continued his torrid stretch at the plate, smacking two home runs this weekend along with four RBIs. Esquerra’s first home run came in the first inning of the second game of the series. His two-run home run gave the Lions an early lead and carried LMU to an eventual 10-3 victory. In the series finale, Esquerra hit another two-run home run in the fourth to give LMU the lead, before the Lion’s bullpen blew the lead. The final score of the game was 5-3 in Portland’s favor.
1. Lions tied for first in WCC
With the two wins from this weekend’s series, LMU is now in a tie for first place in the West Coast Conference with 18 WCC games left to go. The last time LMU finished in first place in the WCC was in 2017.
The Lions continue their season with a non-conference game on Tuesday against CSU Bakersfield. The game will be at Page Stadium, and first pitch is scheduled at 6 p.m.
This is the opinion of Zach Johnson, a sophomore International Relations major from Tai Tam, Hong Kong. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.