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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 14, 2007

San Diego - 5
Cal State Fullerton - 1

FULLERTON, Calif. - For the second consecutive week, sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski pitched a gem as he helped lead the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (16-9) to a 5-1 upset win over No. 13 Cal State Fullerton (13-9) Wednesday evening in a non-conference game at Goodwin Field.

Romanski (3-1) retired his first 15 batters before giving up a hit, as he allowed just one run on three hits, while striking out six in 8.0 innings of work. AJ Griffin came in for the ninth inning to close out the game and seal the Toreros upset win over the Titans as he allowed no runs on no hits while striking out two.

The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as in the top of the fourth inning, senior catcher Jordan Abruzzo launched his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field to give USD a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fifth inning USD gave Romanski some more run support as they pushed across another run on one hit. Romanski led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a Kevin Hansen groundout to the third baseman. After Mike Metzger walked, Sean Nicol hit the ball to the second baseman, who in turned committed an error to allow Nicol to reach first, moved Metzger to second and brought Romanski home to move the score to 2-0.

CSF broke up the no-hitter in the sixth inning when Joel Weeks led off the inning with a single through the right side. Clark Hardman then spoiled the shutout for the Toreros with an RBI single through the left side, scoring Weeks, to cut the Toreros lead in half at 2-1.

San Diego responded in the top of the eighth inning as they scored one run on two hits. Nicol got things started with a single, then moved up two bases on back-to-back wild pitches, to give USD a runner at third with one out. Abruzzo then brought in Nicol with a run-scoring double to left center field to again give USD a two-run lead at 3-1.

The Toreros then put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth as they scored two runs on a two-run Justin Snyder double down the left field line to put the game at its final of 5-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way with his 2-for-5, one double, one home run, two RBI and one run scored performance.

Cal State Fullerton's starting pitcher, Sean Urena (3-2), was saddled with the loss for the Titans as he allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they begin a three-game series with the University of Houston at Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. with USD's Brian Matusz taking the mound facing Houston's Aaron Brown.

USC - 2
Portland - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Portland junior pitcher David Gruener yields just two runs on five hits in 8.0 innings, but the 19th-ranked Southern California Trojans edged the Pilots 2-1 in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday night at Dedeaux Field.

Gruener (0-1), who picks up the complete game, struck out five.

All the scoring in the game came in the first inning. Portland (9-7) struck first to take a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the inning. With the bases empty, junior designated hitter Danny Meier drew a two-out walk. Sophomore first baseman Chase Powell followed with a run-scoring double to center field.

The Trojans (16-9) responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. After a lead-off walk to Nick Buss, Grant Green drilled a triple to center field that tied the score at 1-1. Gruener then got Matt Cusik to ground out to second base, but Green scored to give USC a 2-1 lead that would stand the rest of the way.

Anthony Vasquez (2-4) allowed all five UP hits in 7.0 innings of work to pick up the win. Reliever Kevin Couture struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth, while Paul Koss retired the Pilots in order in the ninth to nail down the save. It's Koss' 11th save this season.

Powell had two of Portland's five hits on the night. Senior outfielder Justin Pierce also had two hits. USC also had five hits on the night. Cusik and Spencer Pabst each had two hits for the Trojans.

Both teams committed an error in a game that lasted just two hours.

Portland next opens a 13-game homestand with a three-game set against the Utah Utes this weekend at Joe Etzel Field. The Pilots host the Utes at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.