Feb. 10, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (6-2) recorded a season-high 20 hits as they cruised to a 12-6 non-conference win over the University of Southern California (4-3) Saturday afternoon, evening up the three-game series at 1 game apiece.
Justin Snyder went 5-for-6 with one RBI, Shane Buschini went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Mike Metzger went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to help lead the Torero offense. Sean Nicol, Jordan Abruzzo Logan Gelbrich and James Meador all recorded multiple hits as all batters USD sent to the plate recorded at least one hit.
With the Toreros trailing 4-3 heading into the top of the fifth inning, the San Diego bats got red hot as they scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth inning to break open the game.
In the fifth inning, Buschini and Gelbrich led off the inning with back-to-back singles and each moved one base on a Kevin Hansen ground out to second base. After Metzger loaded the bases by getting hit by a pitch, Daniel Magness hit a two-run single to right field. On the same play, Metzger came across for the third run on the throw to give USD a 6-4 lead.
In the sixth inning the Torero poured on the runs as they scored four runs on five hits. Nicol and Snyder led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Abruzzo brought them home on a two-run double to left field. Abruzzo then moved to third on a Gelbrich single to left field to give the Toreros runners at the corners with one out. Abruzzo came across on a balk committed by the USC relief pitcher and Meador drove in the final run of the inning with a RBI single to centerfield to give the Toreros a comfortable 10-4 lead.
San Diego would then score one run in each of the seventh and eighth innings, as well as two in the first and one in the second inning to round out the scoring for the day.
Freshman AJ Griffin (2-0) was credited with the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out five in 5.0 innings of relief work. Anthony Vasquez (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Trojans as he allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits in 5.0 innings of work.
The Toreros and Trojans will play a rubber game at USD's Cunningham Stadium on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.