March 31, 2006
SAN DIEGO Calif. - The 25th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team's bats exploded for 16 hits in a 13-4 West Coast Conference win against Saint Mary's College Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With the win the Toreros improve to 19-10 overall, move to 1-0 in the WCC and have won their fourth consecutive game. With the loss the Gaels fall to .500 at 13-13 and move to 0-1 in the WCC.
Offensively for the Toreros both Justin Snyder and Kevin Hansen went a perfect 2-for-2 with Hansen driving in three runs. Jordan Abruzzo led the offense for the Toreros going 3-for-5 with three RBI to run his hit streak to seven games.
The Toreros did most of their damage in the fourth inning scoring six runs on seven hits. Snyder led off with a triple deep into center field and came across for the first run of the inning on Keoni Ruth's RBI single through the left side. The Toreros then loaded the bases with back-to-back singles by Steve Singleton and Jordan Abruzzo. Daniel Magness drove in the second run of the inning on a single up the middle. Shane Buschini then drove in two runs on a stand up double to center field and the Toreros final two runs of the inning came on a Kevin Hansen RBI single and a bases loaded wild pitch.
The Gaels scored one run in the third inning on a Sam Carter bases-loaded walk, one run in the fourth inning on an Ivan Gordon RBI single, one run in the seventh inning on a USD fielding error and one run in the ninth inning on a Carter run scoring double.
The Toreros would scored four runs in the first inning, two runs in the second inning and one run in the third inning to round out the scoring for the day.
Senior third baseman Ryan Lilly ran his hit streak to 12 games with his 1-for-5 performance, Singleton ran his hit streak to eight games with his 2-for-4, one double and one RBI performance.
Josh Butler (7-2) picked up the win for the Toreros allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits, while striking out 10 in seven complete innings of work. SMC starting pitcher Joel Fountain (4-3) was saddled with the loss for the Gaels allowing 13 runs on 15 hits in 4.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game WCC series against Saint Mary's in a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.