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Toreros Drop WCC Opener to Gonzaga, 6-3

March 30, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - The 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (22-11, 0-1 WCC) dropped a 6-3 series opening game to Gonzaga University (17-14, 1-0 WCC) Friday afternoon in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.

The Bulldogs struck first as they scored two runs in the bottom of first inning. The GU runs came on Dustin Colclough two-run single to left field to give the Zags a early 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs then added two more runs in the second inning on a two-run Evan Wells double down the left field line to move the GU advantage to 4-0.

The Toreros then cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth inning. Justin Snyder led off the inning with a single and Jordan Abruzzo did the rest, as he launched his sixth home run of the season, a two-run blast over the right field fence to move the score too 4-2.

San Diego then took back another run in the top of the fifth inning. Kevin Hansen got things rolling with a single to right field and moved to second on Josh Romanski's single up the middle. Sean Nicol then brought in Hansen with a RBI single up the middle to cut the deficit to one at 4-3.

Gonzaga then moved the lead back to three with a two-run seventh inning to put the game at its final of 6-3.

Offensively for the Toreros, both Kevin Muno and Shane Buschini led the way with their 2-for-4 performances.

Brian Matusz (5-2) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed six runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of work. Josh Monroe (4-1) picked up the win for the Bulldogs as he allowed three runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue play in the three-game series with the Bulldogs. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.