This weekend, the LMU baseball team (19-11 overall, 9-3 conference) traveled up north to take on the University of San Francisco in a WCC matchup. The Lions came away with a series win, taking two out of three games. LMU currently sits at first place in the WCC standings. Here are the three major takeaways from the weekend series.
3. Solid starting pitching
The Lions were gifted with solid outings from their starting pitchers in the first two games of the series. In Friday’s series opener, Lion’s ace senior Codie Paiva delivered 6.1 dominant innings, striking out six and only walking one, leading the team to a 2-1 victory. Paiva lowered his season ERA to 1.63, best on the team. In the second game of the series, junior Josh Agnew threw six solid innings, striking out six and giving up three runs. Unfortunately, the Lions offense wasn’t able to pick him up, leading to a 3-2 loss.
2. Uhl heating up
After going through a rough patch in the last few weeks, junior catcher Cooper Uhl’s bat has picked up. Uhl went 4-10 with two RBIs, and launched his first career home run in Friday’s game. Uhl also contributed in the field, throwing out a base runner in Sunday’s series finale.
1. Bullpen dominance
The Lions' bullpen managed to hold on to slim leads in Friday and Sunday’s games. Sophomore pitcher Nick Frasso secured two saves on the weekend, both in games with one run differentials. In Friday’s game, Frasso came on to throw the finale 1.2 innings, striking out four, walking one and giving up one hit. In the Sunday series finale, Frasso came on to throw the final two innings, striking out four and walking none, while giving up two hits. Frasso worked his way out of danger, striking out the final batter of the game with the tying and winning runs on base to secure the 6-5 win.
The Lions continue their season with a non-conference game at San Diego State on Tuesday, April 9. First pitch is scheduled for 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.