March 27, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 14th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (18-8) used a seven-run third inning to pull away from Harvard University in a 14-4 non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Crimson stunned the Toreros by jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead as they scored two runs in the first inning on a Harry Douglas two-run single and they tacked on one more run in the third inning on a Dan Zailskas RBI single.
San Diego then exploded in the bottom half of the third inning as they scored seven runs on five hits. Ryan Davis got things rolling with s walk and moved to second when Nick McCoy was hit by a pitch. Sean Nicol drove in Davis with a run-scoring double to left field for the first run of the inning. Kevin Muno then struck out swinging, but the ball got away from the catcher, allowing Muno to safely reach first on the wild pitch and bringing across McCoy for the second run of the inning and also moved Nicol to third. Josh Romanski would load the bases with a walk and James Meador would drive in the third run on a RBI single to left field.
Anthony Strazzara then kept things going as he was hit by a pitch to push across the fourth run of the inning and a Kevin Hansen RBI single to left field brought in the next run. The final two-runs came on back-to-back RBI singles by Davis and McCoy to cap the scoring for the inning.
After the Crimson took back one run in the fourth inning, the Toreros would go on to score four runs in their half of the fourth inning. Romanski got things started with a stand-up double and Meador brought in Romanski with a RBI single to left center field. Zach Walters was then hit by a pitch and Hansen drove in Meador with a RBI single for the second run of the inning. Then the Crimson pitching staff hit three consecutive batters to push across the final two runs and give USD a comfortable 11-4 lead.The Toreros would go on to score one run in the seventh inning on a Walters fielder's choice and in the eighth inning USD took advantage of back-to-back fielding errors by the Harvard third baseman and a wild pitch to push across two runs and put the game at its final of 14-4.
Offensively for the Toreros, Meador led the way as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Hansen was also impressive at the plate as the senior went 2-for-5 with two RBI and both McCoy and Romanski picked up multiple hits on the afternoon with McCoy going 2-for-3 with one RBI and Romanski going 2-for-4 with one double.
Darrin Campbell (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win as he looked very impressive on the mound only allowing one run on four hits, while striking out six in 5.1 innings of work. Zachary Hofeld (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Crimson as he allowed seven runs on two hits in 2.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they begin their title defense of the West Coast Conference against Santa Clara University. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.