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LMU Downs Baseball, 12-5
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 06, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball team fell behind early and couldn’t rally back, as Loyola Marymount salvaged its three-game series with the Wildcats with a 12-5 victory at Kindall Field on Sunday. The loss was the first of the year for UA and dropped it to 2-1, while the Lions posted their first victory and improved to 1-2.


            “We didn’t play very good baseball today,” Arizona head coach Andy Lopez said. “We got behind early again and we didn’t take advantage of opportunities that LMU presented to us.


            “Overall I’m quite pleased with the work from our bullpen this weekend and not so happy with the results from the starters. The nice thing about this season is that we have a little competition on the pitching staff, and if you throw better then another guy, guess who’s going to pitch?”


            Just like the opening two games of the series, the Lions struck first, scoring one run in the first and second and three in the third for a 5-3 advantage. Unlike the previous two games, LMU added to its lead in the fourth with two more runs before putting the game out of reach with three more runs in the eighth and pair in the ninth.


            Offensively, all nine LMU starters finished the contest with at least one hit and finished with 15 hits in the game. The Lions’ Eric Ferris led all players with three hits and three RBI on the day.


            LMU’s Andy Beal picked up his first win of the year on the mound with two innings of relief. He gave up just one run on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk before handing the game over to closer Blake Feaser.


            Feaser worked a scoreless three innings to pick up his first save of the season, working around Arizona scoring opportunities in the seventh and eighth.


            UA’s David Coulon (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up seven runs, five earned, on five hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. He walked two and struck out three.


            Arizona collected 11 hits on offense in the contest, but stranded 12 runners on base, including eight in scoring position. Senior Derek Decater led the Wildcats at the plate, finishing 3 for 4 with a run scored. Junior Jason Donald smacked his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left to lead off the third.


            Arizona will head out on the road for the first time this season next weekend when it travels to Southern California for a three-game series at UC Riverside. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. MST.

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