Feb. 24, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Kevin Muno's first collegiate hit in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifted the 18th-rannked University of San Diego baseball (11-4) team to a thrilling 5-4 win over Wake Forest University (3-3) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium. With the win, the Toreros have claimed the three-game series with the Demon Deacons.
With the Toreros trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, USD put on their rally caps and scored three runs to claim the win. With one out, Logan Gelbrich got things going for the Toreros with a single to left field and he moved to second on a Josh Romanski single to through the right side. Daniel Magness then drove in Gelbrich with a RBI single to right field, moving Romanski to third. After Magness stole second base on an attempted run down of Romanski, the Toreros had runners at second and third with one out. A wild pitch by the Demon Deacon's Ben Hunter, allowed the tying run to cross home plate, setting the stage for Muno's heroics. Muno rocketed a RBI single to left field bringing home the winning run to give USD the 5-4 win.
The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as in the first inning then scored one run on one hit. Justin Snyder led off the inning with a stand-up double to left field and stole third base to give USD a runner at third with one out. Jordan Abruzzo then brought in Snyder with a sacrifice fly to center field to give USD the early 1-0 advantage.
The Demon Deacons evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the second inning when Evan Ocheltree grounded out to the second baseman, scoring Willy Fox, who had tripled.
Wake Forest then took their first lead of the series in the top of the third inning when Allen Dykstra pushed across Eric Williams, who had singled, to give the Demon Deacons a 2-1 lead.
San Diego answered back in the bottom half of the third inning. Kevin Hansen hit a hard shot to the shortstop for a lead off single. Snyder then hit his second double of the game deep into right center field to bring in Hansen to even the score at 2-2.
The Demon Deacons then regained the lead in the fourth inning on a Keith Mauney sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Ocheltree, who had walked, moving the score to 3-2.
Wake Forest added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Alan Dykstra hit a solo home run over the right field fence.
Romanski led the San Diego offense as he went 3-for-4 with one run scored. Gelbrich went 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI and Snyder went 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI.
Ricardo Pecina (3-1) picked up the win for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out four in 6.0 innings of relief work. Hunter (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Demon Deacons as he allowed three runs on four hits in 0.1 innings of work.
The Toreros and Demon Deacon will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.