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Southern California Takes Game One

Feb. 9, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (5-2) was upset by the University of Southern California (4-2) Friday evening in a non-conference game at Dedeaux Field.

The Toreros struck first as they scored one run in the top of the second inning. Logan Gelbrich got things rolling with a walk and moved to second on a balk by the USC starting pitcher. Daniel Magness then moved Gelbrich to third on a single to centerfield. Kevin Hansen laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to first base to push across Gelbrich, to give USD the early 1-0 lead.

USC then answered back in the bottom half of the second inning scoring one unearned run on a Will Rice run-scoring double to even the score at 1-1.

USC then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Johnny Bowden solo home run to left field, giving the Trojans a 2-1 advantage.

The Toreros evened the score in the top of the sixth inning when Jordan Abruzzo got things rolling with a single to right center field and moved to second on a Shane Buschini ground out to the first baseman. Gelbrich then brought in Abruzzo with a stand-up double down the right field line to pull the Toreros even with the Trojans at 2-2.

The Trojans then went on to score four unanswered runs over the next two innings to claim the win.

Brian Matusz had yet another masterful outing on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits while tying a career-high with 13 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Ricardo Pecina (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits in 1.2 innings of work. Ryan Cook (1-0) picked up the win for the Trojans as he allowed two runs on six hits in 7.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game set with the Trojans with a 1:30 game at Dedeaux Field.