Feb. 11, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - After a 52 minute rain delay, the University of Southern California Trojans (5-3) defeated the 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (6-3), 4-3, in 10 innings to claim the three-game series with the Toreros Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.
In the top of the 10th inning, the Trojans pushed across the winning run when Matt Cusick hit a RBI single through the right side scoring Nick Buss to give USC the 4-3 win.
After USC took a three-run lead in the third inning, the teams were engaged in a pitching dual until the eighth inning when USD finally broke into the scoring column. Sean Nicol got things rolling with a single through the left side and Logan Gelbrich brought him home with his first home run of the season, a two-run blast over the left field fence to cut the deficit to one.
The Toreros then evened the score in the bottom of the ninth inning when Justin Snyder got things going with a single to right field and advanced to second on a fielding error by the USC right fielder. Jordan Abruzzo then drove in Snyder with a stand-up double to center field.
Snyder led the USD offense as he went 3-for-5 with one run scored. Both Kevin Hansen and Gelbrich were the only other Toreros to record multiple hits on the day as Hansen went 2-for-5 and Gelbrich went 2-for-4 with one home run and two RBI.
Anthony Slama (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed one run on three hits in 1.1 innings of work. Paul Koss (1-0) was credited with the win for the Trojans as he allowed one run on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. Robert Stock was credited with the save for USC as he allowed no runs on no hits in 0.2 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they begin a four-game series with Virginia Commonwealth University at Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.