March 27, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 20th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team used a big eight-run second inning to cruise to their seventh consecutive win over cross-town rival San Diego State University, 9-3, Tuesday afternoon.
With the win, the Toreros move to 22-10 overall and have claimed seven consecutive wins over the Aztecs and won nine of the last 10 meetings with SDSU. With the loss, the Aztecs fall to 17-12 overall.
The Aztecs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The SDSU runs came on a bases-loaded hit by pitch, a Brian Lucas RBI fielder's choice and when Frank LoNigro hit a single to right field, advanced to second on the throw, and the single also pushed across Troy Hanzawa, who had reached on an error.
San Diego then geared up and went to work in the bottom of the second inning scoring eight runs on five hits. Jordan Abruzzo got things rolling with a lead-off single and moved to second on a Shane Buschini walk. Daniel Magness then moved each runner up one base taking advantage of a fielding error on the pitcher, allowing the Toreros to load the bases. The SDSU starting pitcher, Lance Sewell, then threw a wild pitch to push across the first run.
Logan Gelbrich then loaded the bases again with a walk. The USD second run of the day came across on a strange turn of events. Kevin Hansen had appeared to fly out to left field, however, just prior to Hansen taking a swing the umpires called a balk on Sewell, allowing the second USD run to come across and leave Hansen alive at the plate. Hansen then made Sewell pay for the balk by delivering a two-run single up the middle to give USD a 4-3 lead.
After Hansen advanced one base on another wild pitch and Justin Snyder walked, the Aztecs changed pitchers. Sean Nicol the loaded the bases with a walk and Abruzzo delivered a two-run single to right field, moving Nicol to third and pushing the score to 6-3. Buschini then hit a ground-rule double down the left field line and pushed across Nicol for the seventh run of the inning and USD's final run came on a Josh Romanski RBI single to give USD a 8-3 lead.
The Toreros added one more run in the bottom of the third inning on a Kevin Muno RBI single up the middle to put the game at its final of 9-1.
Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo and Hansen led the way each going 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Matt Couch (4-1) picked up the win on the mound for USD as he allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits, while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work. Russell Houlzhauer picked up his first save of the season as he allowed no runs on two hits in 3.0 innings of work. Sewell (4-2) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs as he allowed six runs, three earned, on two hits in 1.2 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Spokane, Wash. to begin West Coast Conference play against Gonzaga University. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.