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Big Second Inning and Dominating Pitching Leads USD to 8-1 Win Over Houston

March 16, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A big five-run second inning and another dominating pitching performance from Brian Matusz, helped lead the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball tam (17-9) to an 8-1 win over the University of Houston (11-10) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.

Matusz (4-1) allowed one run on five hits, while recording 11 strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work. After surrendering a solo home run in the top o the fourth inning, Matusz then retired 11 of hits next 12 batters, including striking out seven of the next eight batters after the home run.

San Diego's big five-run inning got started with a Shane Buschini walk. Buschini then stole second and the Houston starting pitcher Aaron Brown then gave up back-to-back walks to Sean Nicol and Logan Gelbrich to load the bases with one out. Freshman James Meador then delivered a two-RBI single up the middle to push across the first two runs of the game. With Gelbrich at third and still only one out, Kevin Hansen hit the ball to the shortstop, who threw Meador out at second, allowed Gelbrich to come across for the third run and Hansen beat the second throw out at first to give USD a runner on with two outs. Justin Snyder then singled through the right side, moving Hansen to second base. Each base runner then advanced one base on a wild pitch and Josh Romanski drove in the final two runs with a single up the middle to give USD a comfortable 5-0 lead.

The final USD runs came on a fourth-inning Romanski RBI single, an error by the UH catcher in the seventh inning and an eighth inning Snyder run-scoring double.

Offensively for the Toreros, Romanski and Snyder led the way as they both went 3-for-5. Romanski added three RBI and Snyder had a double and one RBI.

Brown (2-1) was saddled with the loss for the Cougars as he allowed seven runs, six earned, on six hits in 6.2 innings of work.

The Toreros and Cougars will return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. in game two of the three-game series at Cunningham Stadium.