March 6, 2007
IRVINE, Calif. - Josh Romanski's two-hit eight inning gem helped lead the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (13-8) to a 2-0 win over UC Irvine (12-5-1) Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Anteater Ballpark.
Romanski (2-1) allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out seven batters. Romanski only allowed one runner to reach second base and never allowed more then one runner on in any of his eight innings. Irvine entered the game with a .329 batting average and Romanski shut down the high-powered Anteater offense. AJ Griffin came in to pick up his fifth save of the season allowing no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work.
USD wasted no time in scoring as they put up one run on one hit in the first inning. Sean Nicol got things going for the Toreros with a single up the middle. Nicol then moved up two bases on back-to-back wild pitches. After a Justin Snyder walk, Jordan Abruzzo drove in Nicol on a RBI fielder's choice to mark the fourth consecutive game the Toreros have scored in the first inning.
USD then added another insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Kevin Hansen reached first base on a fielders choice then moved to second when Romanski hit a hard shot single to first base. Nicol then delivered a RBI single to centerfield to give USD some breathing room at 2-0.
Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Romanski went 2-for-4 to lead the Toreros offense.
Cory Hamilton (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Irvine allowing one run on two hits in 3.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they return to Cunningham Stadium for the start of the San Diego State University Tournament against Michigan. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.