March 23, 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (20-9) got another solid outing from Brian Matusz on the mound as well as solid offensive production to help lead the Toreros to a 6-4 win against UNLV (10-18) Friday evening in a non-conference game at Wilson Stadium.
USD wasted no time in scoring as they put up four runs on four hits in the first inning. Justin Snyder got things rolling with a walk and he moved to second on Josh Romanski's single to left field. Jordan Abruzzo then hit an RBI single to right field to bring in Snyder and move Romanski to third. Shane Buschini hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in Romanski from third for the third run of the game. The Toreros then loaded the bases with a Daniel Magness single and Sean Nicol reaching on a fielding error by the third baseman. Logan Gelbrich then brought in the final run of the inning with a RBI single to left center field to give USD a 4-0 lead.
The Rebels took back one run in their half of the first inning on a Chris Bonnell RBI single to move the score to 4-1.
San Diego then put the game out of reach in the top of the second scoring their final two runs of the game. The USD runs came on a two-run homer from Jordan Abruzzo, his fifth home run of the season.
The Rebels were able to push across one run in the fourth inning and two runs in the ninth inning, but were unable to overcome deficit, leaving the game at 6-4.
Abruzzo led the USD offense as he went 2-for-5 with one home run and three RBI. Magness was also a solid force at the plate as he went 3-for-5. Romanski went 2-for-3 and Nicol went 2-for-5 to round off the USD attack.
Matusz (5-1) picked up his fifth win of the season as he allowed two runs on two hits, while striking out nine in 6.2 innings of work. Craig Heyer (3-3) was saddled with the loss for the Rebels as he allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits in 6.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game series with the Rebels. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.