Feb. 2, 2007
ROUND ROCK, Texas - The University of San Diego baseball team held off a late rally by the fourth-ranked University of Texas to claim a 6-5 win Friday evening at the Dell Diamond.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 4-0 on the season and have now won four consecutive games against the Longhorns. With the loss, the Longhorns drop their season opener to the Toreros for the second consecutive season.
Texas entered the bottom of the ninth inning down 6-2, and began a rally that just fell short. Pat McCrory got the rally started as he dove in the first Texas run on a double to left field, plating Jordan Danks, who led off the inning with a single. On the same play a USD fielding error occurred allowing a second run to come across and allowing Danks to reach third. Matt Couch then took the mound for USD with one out and a runner on third. Kyle Russell grounded out to the second baseman allowing Danks to score the third run. Couch then hit the next batter before striking out Chance Wheeless to give the Toreros the win and Couch the save.
USD's Brian Matusz (2-0) picked up his second win of the season after another masterful performance on the mound. Matusz allowed one earned run on five hits in 5.2 innings of work, while striking out eight. Freshman AJ Griffin also looked impressive on the mound as he came in and threw 2.2 innings of work allowing four runs on five hits, while striking out three. Couch picked up the save as he allowed no runs on no hits in 0.2 innings of work.
The Toreros broke into the scoring column first as in the third inning; Justin Snyder recorded his first home run of the season. Snyder hit a solo shot over the right field fence to jump-start the USD offense.
San Diego tacked on another run in the fourth inning. Daniel Magness got things rolling with a walk and moved to second on a Kevin Hansen sacrifice bunt. After Magness moved to third on a wild pitch, Sean Nicol drove him in on a single up the middle to give USD a 2-0 lead.
The Toreros then added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning scoring three runs. Josh Romanski led off the inning with a stand-up double to left center field and moved to third on a Jordan Abruzzo single to right field. Shane Buschini then drove in Romanski on a RBI single to the shortstop, leaving Abruzzo at second. Both Abruzzo and Buschini moved one base when Mike Metzger pinch hit for James Meador and laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman. Daniel Magness brought in Abruzzo when he grounded out to the second baseman. Hansen then brought in the third run with a RBI single through the left side to push the score to 5-0.
USD then pushed across one more run in the top of the sixth inning. Logan Gelbrich led off the inning with a stand-up double and moved to third on a Snyder single through the right side. Abruzzo's sacrifice fly to left field then brought in Gelbrich to give USD a 6-0 lead.
Texas finally broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the sixth inning as the scored one run on Travis Tucker RBI single to right field scoring Preston Clark, who had singled, cutting the Torero lead to five.
The Longhorns then took back another run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Bradley Suttle groundout to the second baseman, which scored Nick Peoples who had walked, cutting the lead to four.
Snyder helped lead the Toreros offense as he went 3-for-5 with one home run and one RBI. Both Hansen and Gelbrich went 3-for-4 at the plate and each had a double and Hansen had an RBI. Romanski finished the day with a 2-for-5 performance including a double and Abruzzo went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game series with the Longhorns. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.