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Rams Even Series with 6-4 Win in 10 Innings

Feb. 16, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Virginia Commonwealth University (1-1) scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning to upset the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (7-4), 6-4, Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

After the Rams pushed across three runs, the Toreros tried to launch a comeback in the bottom of the 10th inning. Justin Snyder led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a balk. Josh Romanski then drove in Snyder with a single to left field cutting the deficit to two with no outs. But the Toreros could come no closer allowing the Rams to even the series at one game apiece.

The Rams struck first as they scored one run in the top of the first inning on a Chris Jackson RBI single through the right side to give VCU a 1-0 lead.

San Diego answered back in the bottom of the second inning scoring one run. Daniel Magness got the ball rolling with a stand-up double to right field. Mike Metzger then brought in Magness with a single through the left side to even the score at 1-1.

VCU then regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning when Jared Bolden came across on a balk committed by USD's starting pitcher Josh Romanski.

The Rams added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Gonzales hit an RBI single to the shortstop, pushing across Evans, who had tripled, to move the score to 3-1.

The Toreros responded in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring two runs on three hits. Metzger begin the offense with a single to right field and Sean Nicol then launched a double to left field moving Metzger to third. Kevin Hansen brought in the runs with a two-run single to right field to even the score at 3-3.

Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol led the way with his 3-for-4, one double and one run scored performance. Metzger also had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-4 with one RBI and Snyder was the only other USD player to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-5.

AJ Griffin (2-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on two hits in 0.0 innings of work. Mick Mattaliano (1-0) picked up the win for the Rams as he allowed one run on three-hits in 1.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the four-game series with Virginia Commonwealth with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.