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Baseball Drops Conference Opener

March 31, 2006

Box Score

San Diego, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped its first conference game of the season in a 13-4 loss to the University of San Diego Friday afternoon. The Toreros tallied all 13 runs in the first four innings to run away with the West Coast Conference opener. After the loss, SMC fall to 13-13 overall and 0-1 in WCC play.

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. Singles by seniors Adam Hicks and Orben Frederick and a walk by junior Eric Cattoni loaded the bases.

SMC would add one run in the fourth inning on an Ian Gordon RBI single. Gordon singled through the left side to bring in Delaney Gallagher, who reached on a single to right.

The Gaels took advantage of a seventh inning error by the Toreros, scoring on one run off the bat of Gilbert Urbina that brought in Frederick.

SMC rounded out is scoring in the ninth inning on a Carter double. Carter nailed the double to left field to bring in Cattoni, who drew his second walk of the game.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.

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.

Frederick led the Gaels with a 2-for-5 day. Carter drove in two with a 1-for-2 output while Urbina and Gordon each tallied RBIs.

Saint Mary's will look to even the series tomorrow when the two teams meet at 1 p.m. from Cunningham Stadium.