It was all Loyola Marymount (12-12), except for one half inning, as the Lions won 10-6 despite Northridge (12-16) scoring six runs in the sixth inning.
LMU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, scoring four unearned runs with the assistance of a pair of errors. The Lions added three runs in the sixth inning — two coming on a Scott Harkin single.
The lifeless offense of Northridge finally sprang alive in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Matadors scored three runs on four hits, including Adam Berry and Nate Ring RBI singles. Reliever Brandon Horth was inserted, but walked both batters he faced, scoring two more runs. A sacrifice fly made it 8-6 before Ryan Hawthorne finally closed out the inning.
Hawthorne pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing only one hit to earn the victory. Bret Dahlson earned his fourth save of the season, getting the final out in the ninth.
Zac Fujimoto, Joey Boney and Harkin had three hits apiece. Harkin drove in three runs and Boney knocked in two. For Northridge, only Adam Barry had a multi-hit game.
***LMU’s Cullen Mahoney had his 15-game hitting streak snapped while teammates Matt Lowenstein (12) and Colton Plaia (10) were able to extend theirs. Northridge’s Cal Vogelsang also extended his hit streak to 12 games.
Check out the photo gallery from Tuesday afternoon’s Cal State Northridge/Loyola Marymount matchup below: