Feb. 25, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Wake Forest University (4-3) rallied to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning to avoid a sweep by the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (11-5) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.
The Demon Deacons jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as they scored three runs on three hits. The Wake Forest runs came on a two-run home run by Allan Dykstra and Willy Fox stole home for the third run of the inning.
USD answered back in their half of the inning with two runs on two hits. Sean Nicol got things going for the Toreros as he reached on a fielding error by the second baseman and advanced to second on a balk. Jordan Abruzzo then moved Nicol to third when he reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, to give USD runners at the corners with one out. Logan Gelbrich then drove in Nicol with a single to the pitcher for the first run of the inning. James Meador then drove in the final run with an RBI single to right field, cutting the lead to one at 3-2.
The Toreros then evened things up in the fourth inning. With two outs, Mike Metzger got things going with a walk and he moved to second when Kevin Hansen was hit by a pitch. Justin Snyder then drove in Metzger with a single through the right side, moving the score to 3-3.
In the top of the ninth inning, the Demon Deacons then scored two runs, one a solo home run by Evan Ocheltree and the second run came on a Eric Williams RBI single.
USD did have runners in scoring position in the ninth inning, but were unable to push them across to leave the game at its final of 5-3.
Snyder led the USD's offense as he went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
USD got a solid performance from starter Josh Romanski, who allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out seven in 6.0 innings of work. Reliever, Anthony Slama (0-2), was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on two hits in 3.0 innings of work. Josh Ellis (2-0) picked up the win for the Demon Deacons, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they head to the Inland Empire for a 5 p.m. game with UC Riverside.