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Butler's Gem Leads USD to Series Win

March 18, 2006

HOUSTON, Texas - Junior right-hander Josh Butler threw a complete game shutout to lead the University of San Diego baseball team to a 2-0 non-conference victory over the University of Houston Saturday afternoon at Cougar Field.

With the win the Toreros improve to 15-9 overall, have won three consecutive games and have claimed the three-game series with the Cougars. With the loss the Cougars fall to 12-11.

Butler (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the season throwing a complete game shutout. Butler allowed no runs on five hits while striking out a season-high nine.

The Toreros broke open the scoreless contest in the fourth inning when Keoni Ruth was able to reach first base on a fielding error by the Cougars second baseman. On the same play, Ruth moved to second base and Ryan Lilly, who had walked, scored from first base to give USD the early 1-0 lead.

USD added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Steve Singleton got things rolling with a single to center field and moved to second on a Daniel Magness sacrifice bunt. Jordan Abruzzzo then hit his team-leading ninth double of the season binging in Singleton to cement the win for the Toreros.

Singleton led USD's offense going 2-for-4.

Ricky Hargrove (2-2) was saddled with the loss for the Cougars allowing two runs one earned, on six hits in 8.2 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they close out the three-game non-conference series with Houston in an 11 a.m. (PST) game at Cougar Field.