March 31, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The 20th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (23-11, 1-1 WCC) scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to claim a 4-1 West Coast Conference win over Gonzaga University (17-15, 1-1 WCC) Saturday afternoon to even the series with the Bulldogs and force a rubber game on Sunday.
With the game knotted at 1-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning, the Toreros were able to push across three runs on three hits. Mike Metzger got things rolling with a single through the left side and moved to second on a Kevin Hansen sacrifice bunt. After Kevin Muno was intentionally walked, Justin Snyder drove in Metzger with a RBI single to right field. Jordan Abruzzo then drove in Muno with a single through the right side for the second run of the inning. Then both Abruzzo and Snyder advanced one base on a double steal. Shane Buschini drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to right field to put the game at its final of 4-1
USD received another strong pitching performance from Josh Romanski as he was engaged in a pitching dual in a no decision. The sophomore left-hander allowed one run, while scattering fours hits in 7.2 innings of work. Freshman AJ Griffin (5-1) came in to throw 1.1 innings and pick up the win as he allowed no runs on two hits.
The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they scored one run on two hits in the first inning. Abruzzo got things rolling with a single to right field and he moved to second on Shane Buschini's walk. Sean Nicol then brought in Abruzzo with a RBI single to left field to give USD the 1-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs evened the score in their half of the first inning on a bases-loaded balk.
Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way with his 3-for-5, one RBI performance. Daniel Magness went 2-for-2 and Hansen went 2-for-3 as the only other USD players to record multiple hits.
Chris Highmark (2-6) was saddled with the loss for the Bulldogs as he allowed three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work. Gonzaga starter Clayton Mortenson also had a solid showing on the mound as he allowed one run on seven hits in 7.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they conclude the three-game series with the Bulldogs. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.