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Long Ball LIfts Toreros to Series Win Over No. 4 Texas

Feb. 4, 2007

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Jordan Abruzzo's upper deck two-run bomb to left field and Shane Buschini's two-run homer over the left field fence lifted the University of San Diego baseball team (5-1) to a 4-1 win over the fourth-ranked University of Texas Longhorns (1-2) Sunday afternoon at the Dell Diamond, allowing the Toreros to capture the series.

With the Toreros trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the seventh inning, USD didn't panic as they simply got jumpstarted by Justin Snyder's stand-up double down the right field line. The very next batter, Abruzzo, then crushed his first offering from the Texas starting pitcher, James Russell, over the left field fence and into the upper deck of the stadium to give USD their first two runs of the game and a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the ninth, the Toreros tacked on two more runs. Abruzzo led off the inning with a single to left field and Buschini then launched a two-run homer over the left field fence to put the game at its final of 4-1.

"This is a huge accomplishment for this group on the heels of what happened last year," said head coach Rich Hill. "This is something this group can take with them for the rest of their lives, and hopefully we will just continue to get better from here."

"Coach Hill told me to just take a rip at the ball, and all I was waiting for was a fastball" said Abruzzo of his two-run homer. "Once I saw the ball was a bit inside, I was able to get a good barrel on it and it just straightened out enough to stay fair."

With the win, the Toreros have now taken five of the last six games against the Longhorns including the three-game sweep over UT this past season.

The Longhorns began the scoring for the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Preston Clark hit a run scoring double to centerfield to plate Jordan Danks, who had doubled, to give UT a 1-0 lead.

Abruzzo led the USD offense as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one homerun. Snyder was also a solid force for the Toreros at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with one double and one run scored.

USD starting pitcher Matt Couch (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he was engaged in a pitching dual. Couch allowed one run on five hits while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work. Ricardo Pecina came in and was lights out for USD in middle relief as he allowed no runs on no hits in 2.0 innings of work. That set the stage for freshman AJ Griffin, who came in to pick up his second save of the season, pitching in one inning allowing no runs on no hits.

James Russell (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Longhorns allowing two runs on four hits in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they begin a three-game series with the University of Southern California Trojans. Friday's game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.