College Baseball: UC Riverside Drops a Heartbreaker at Loyola Marymount 5-4 in Extra Innings

The Highlanders head to the University of New Mexico for a Three-Game Set Today

LOS ANGELES – Going into the final frame with a two-run lead, the UC Riverside Baseball was well on their way to their fourth win in five games. Unfortunately, untimely errors in the bottom of the ninth allowed LMU back into the game. The Highlanders ended up falling to the Lions 5-4 in 11 innings.

Although the baseball team fell in this game, they have continued to show that they have a lot of fight in them. The team was won three out of their last five games and the two losses came down to two innings with fielding problems.

In a game that was a battle the whole way, LMU took an early lead in the second inning off a homerun to give them the 1-0 advantage. But the Highlanders weren’t having any of that and scored two runs in their next at-bat in the top of the third inning. Led by senior Yeager Taylor who hit an RBI single to center to tie it up. He was followed up by the red-hot junior Connor Cannon who hit an RBI single to left to give the Highlanders a 2-1 lead.

That RBI single extended Cannon’s hitting streak to 14 games. The junior tore the seams off the baseball last week to win the Big West Player of the Week for the second time in his career.

The Lions ended up tying the game up in the bottom half of the inning and that was the last run by either team for four innings. That was until senior Dean Miller decided it was time to quit playing around and mashed a two-run home run in the top of the seventh. That home run put Miller tied for second, with Cannon, for most home runs in the Big West.

Freshman Trevor Bateson pitched six strong innings of relief with six strikeouts as he held LMU to allow Riverside to take the lead. In Bateson’s last 10 innings of work, he has only allowed one earned run while striking out nine.

Two errors to lead off the bottom of the ninth ended up being costly as LMU ended up tying the game on a single by Brandon Shearer of LMU. Shearer was the undoing of the Highlanders as he also hit the walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th to end the game.

This was a tough pill to swallow for the Highlanders but it showed the grit and potential of the team moving forward. The Highlanders travel to play New Mexico for a three-game set starting Thursday, April 18 through Saturday, April 20.

UCR   0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0  4

LMU  0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1    5

Press Release Provided By the Uni of California Riverside