The Huskers baseball team fell to the Loyola Marymount Lions Friday evening by a final score of 4-1. The Husker bats again went silent, mustering only seven hits. Colin Welmon was outstanding on Friday evening for the Lions as he struck out 9 Husker batters over 7 and 2/3rds innings. Ryan Boldt continued his tear, going 2-4 on the evening and scoring the only Husker run.
The first three innings of the game were a defensive battle, as the Huskers and Lions matched zero’s on the scoreboard. The Huskers were the benefit of a double play ball generated by Chance Sinclair to shut down a Loyola Marymount rally.
The Huskers got on the board in the fourth, as Boldt went opposite field, hitting a double off the blue monster. Blake Headley moved Boldt over on a sacrifice bunt, and Ben Miller hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Boldt.
Sinclair would run into trouble in the bottom of the fifth. After recording the first two outs, Sinclair would give up a pair of singles, a double, an error, and a wild pitch. Sinclair would strikeout the final batter of the inning, but not after giving up the lead.
The Huskers would give up another run in the sixth. After Sean Watkins was hit by a pitch and stole second, Ted Boeke would drive him in with a double. The book would close on Sinclair with 5 innings pitched giving up four runs.
While the Lions were getting to Sinclair, Welmon was continuing his dominance on the mound until the eighth inning. The Huskers would try and rally, with both Boldt and Headley hitting solid singles. This would end Welmon’s night. Michael Silva would come in to face Miller as the tying run. Silva would strikeout Miller as he challenged him with a fastball on the outer corner.
J.D Busfield worked around an Austin Christensen single in the ninth to secure the victory for the Lions. The Huskers fall to 4-4 on the season. The Huskers and Lions will be back on the diamond tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 to try and even the series.