Feb. 3, 2007
ROUND ROCK, Texas - The University of San Diego baseball team (4-1) dropped its first game of the season, 13-8, to the fourth-ranked University of Texas Longhorns (1-1) in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at the Dell Diamond to even the three-game series.
The Longhorns jumped out to the early lead, as in the second inning as they scored three runs on three hits. The Texas runs came on a Michael Demperio bases loaded walk and a Nick Peoples two-run single to center field.
The Toreros took back two runs in the top of the third. With two outs and no one on, freshman James Meador got things rolling with a walk and moved to second on a Shane Buschini walk. Both Meador and Buschini moved up one base on a wild pitch. Logan Gelbrich then rocketed a ball into center field, scoring both Meador and Buschini to cut the Longhorns lead to one.
San Diego then evened the score in the top of the fourth inning when Sean Nicol led off the inning with his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the left center field fence.
But that is the closest the Toreros would come as the Longhorns then answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring six runs on five hits to give the Longhorns a six run lead at 9-3.
USD would not be able to overcome this deficit as they would score one run the sixth inning on a Justin Snyder run-scoring double to left center field, one run in the seventh inning on a Buschini solo home run and three runs in the eighth inning on a three-run homer by Jordan Abruzzo to round off their scoring for the game.
Nicol helped lead the USD offense as he went 2-for-4 with one home run and one RBI. Mike Metzger also had a solid day at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with one double and one RBI. Abruzzo went 2-for-5 with one home run and three RBI and Buschini went 2-for-3 with one home run and one RBI.
Josh Romanski (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros on the mound as he allowed nine runs, four earned, on nine hits in 4.0 innings of work. Adrian Alaniz (0-1) was credited with the win for the Longhorns as he allowed three runs on five hits in 4.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they conclude the three-game series with the Longhorns in a rubber game. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.