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Buschini Lifts USD to Series Opening Win over VCU

Feb. 16, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Shane Buschini's run-scoring double to center field lifted the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (7-3) to a 5-4 11 inning series opening win over Virginia Commonwealth University (0-1) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium. This game was a continuation of Thursday's game that was called on darkness.

With the score knotted at 4-4 in the top of the 11th inning, Justin Snyder got things rolling as he led off the inning by reaching on a catcher's interference. Jordan Abruzzo then moved him to second on a single to center field. Buschini then launched a double deep into center field to push across the winning run.

The Toreros struck first as the scored one run in the bottom of the second inning. Logan Gelbrich got things rolling with a single through the left side and he moved to second on a Daniel Magness single to center field. Sean Nicol then drove in Gelbrich with a double to left center field to give USD a 1-0 lead.

The Rams then answered back in the top of the third inning as they scored two runs on three hits. The VCU runs came on a Richard Gonzales run-scoring double and a Sergio Miranda RBI single to give the Rams a 2-1 lead.

San Diego then evened the score in the bottom of the fourth inning. James Meador got things rolling with a single up the middle and moved to third on a Magness single to left field. After Nicol waked to load the bases, Kevin Hansen pushed across Meador with a single to left field to move the score to 2-2.

VCU then regained a two run lead in the top of the seventh inning on a Gonzales two-run single to left field to move the score t 4-2.

The Torero answered back in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jordan Abruzzo led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Shane Buschini reached on a catcher interference call, to give USD runners at first and second with no outs. James Meador then hit a single up the middle, bringing home Abruzzo for the first run. The second run came when Magness laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, who kicked the ball committing an error, which allowed Buschini to safely come across to even the score at 4-4.

Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo, Meador and Magness all recorded two hits on the day with both Meador and Magness recording RBI's.

Josh Romanski (1-1) picked up the win for the Toreros as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work. Jared Bolden (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Rams as he allowed one run on two hits.

The Toreros return to action at 2 p.m. today as they play the second game of the four-game set at Cunningham Stadium.