Feb. 23, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Brian Matusz's one-hit masterpiece helped lead the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (10-4) to a 2-0 shutout win over visiting Wake Forest University (3-2) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.
Matusz (3-0) allowed no runs on one hit, while striking out 10 batters in 7.0 innings of work. This marks the fourth game that Matusz has recorded double-digit strikeouts in his five outings this season. Freshman AJ Griffin came in for two innings of relief and completed the dominance on the mound as he allowed no runs on no hits, while striking out three in picking up his team-leading fourth save of the season.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring as in the first inning the Toreros jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead. Justin Snyder led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Sean Nicol singled to left field. Jordan Abruzzo then brought in Snyder with an RBI single to right field to give the Toreros the early momentum.
The Demon Deacons had their best scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth inning as they loaded the bases with two outs. Ben Terry then stepped to the plate for Wake Forest and was facing a 2-2 count. Terry stuck his arm in front of a Matusz change-up and the pitch hit him. However, the home plate umpire ruled the pitch was in the strike zone and that the batter intentionally stuck his arm into the strike zone, thus calling it strike three, preserving the USD 1-0 lead.
USD then added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Josh Romanski got things rolling, as he was faced with no one on and two outs. He led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Daniel Magness brought in Romanski with an RBI single to cap the scoring for the day.
Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol, Shane Buschini and Romanski all recorded multiple hits on the day with Buschini and Nicol going 2-for-4 and Romanski going 2-for-3.
Brad Kledzik (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Demon Deacons, as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out six in 7.0 innings of work.
The Toreros and Demon Deacons will resume their three-game non-conference series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.