March 3, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - The 16th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (12-7) scored seven unanswered runs to claim an 8-2 win over Fresno State University (6-11) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Beiden Field. With the win, the Toreros have evened the three-game series with the Bulldogs.
For the second consecutive game, the Toreros jumped out to an early lead as they scored one run on two hits. Josh Romanski got things going for the Toreros as he led off the inning with a walk. Justin Snyder then brought in Romanski with a RBI single up the middle to give USD a 1-0 advantage.
Fresno State then took the lead in the bottom of the third inning as they scored two runs on a Todd Sandell two-run homer to move the score to 2-1.
USD the scored three runs in the seventh inning to take a 4-2 lead. Snyder got things going with his second home run of the season to give USD their first run of the inning. After Jordan Abruzzo walked, Shane Buschini launched his team-leading fifth home run of the season to complete the three-run inning for the Toreros.
San Diego then continued their offensive explosion in the top of the eighth inning, scoring four more runs. Romanski led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Sean Nicol walked. Snyder drove in the first run of the inning with a run-scoring double to right center field, advancing Nicol to third. Back-to-back-to-back walks by Abruzzo, Buschini and Logan Gelbrich pushed across the next two runs for the Toreros and Mike Metzger's RBI single to center field capped the scoring for the day.
Offensively for the Toreros, both Snyder and Romanski led the way with three hits apiece. Romanski went 3-for-5 with one double and two runs scored. Snyder went 3-for-6 with one double, one home run and two RBI. Buschini went 1-for-3 with one home run and three RBI and Abruzzo went 2-0for-4 with one RBI.
Matt Couch (3-0) picks up the win for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on six hits, while striking out five in 7.0 innings of work. Tanner Scheppers (0-3) was saddled with the loss for the Bulldogs as he allowed three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday, as they will close out the three-game series with the Bulldogs in a rubber game at 1 p.m.