Florer throws second no-hitter in school history in Loyola Marymount victory
Senior Matt Florer tossed the second no-hitter in Loyola Marymount program history on Tuesday against Cal State Northridge as LMU defeated the Matadors by a count of 5-0 at LMU’s Page Stadium.
The no-hitter came in Florer's ninth career start and his 14th appearance of the year (third start). The last LMU no-hitter was tossed by Bob Seus on March 14, 1980 vs. Long Beach State.
Florer, who walked five, hit one batter and struck out a career-best five batters over 134 pitches, had previously owned a career-high in innings of 5.0 against Long Beach State on April 17, 2012.
Florer, a left-hander from Mission Viejo, worked around the five walks and one hit batsman, inducing a pair of double plays. Cal State Northridge managed its biggest threat against Florer in the eighth inning, drawing a leadoff walk and a hit-by-pitch to start the frame. After a mound visit from pitching coach Danny Ricabal, Florer induced a fly ball to centerfield and an inning-ending double play ball to escape the jam and regain control.
Cullen Mahoney, Matt Lowenstein and Zac Fujimoto each had a. Tommy Cheek finished with two RBI, while David Edwards and Mitchell Esser each drove in one.
LMU got on the board first in the game in the third inning, plating a pair of runs to take an early 2-0 lead. Fujimoto got the ball rolling with a drag bunt single before moving to third on a hit-and-run single through the left side from Joey Boney. The run came into score on the ensuing play when Edwards reached on an error, allowing Boney to move to third on the play. Cheek contributed the sacrifice fly two hitters later, driving a pitch to left field to plate Boney and cap the scoring run.
The Lions extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth as a single from Colton Plaia preceded another successful hit-and-run, this time coming from Tanner Donnels to put runners at the corners. Esser collected his second RBI of the season on the ensuing play, grounding a ball to second base for a productive out.
Cheek drove in his second run of the game in the fifth as part of a two-run inning, punching a single past a drawn in infield to bring home Mahoney. Mahoney had singled and stole second before moving to third on an errant throw trying to catch him stealing. Matt Lowenstein followed with his sixth triple of the year before eventually scoring on a wild pitch from Harley Holt to make it 5-0 LMU after five.