April 2, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team scored nine unanswered runs to come from behind and claim a 9-4 West Coast Conference win against the Gaels of Saint Mary's College Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With the win the Toreros improve to 20-11 overall, move to 2-1 in the WCC, claim the three-game series with the Gales and have now won eight of their last six games. With the loss the Gaels drop to .500 with a 14-14 overall record and drop to 1-2 in the WCC.
After the Gaels scored four runs in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead, the Toreros bats came alive to rally for the win. USD got things rolling in the bottom of the fourth inning. Daniel Magness started things off with a walk. Logan Gelbrich then hit a hard grounder to the third baseman, who tried to throw Magness out at second, but threw the ball wide left allowing Magness to not only reach second but advance to third as the ball flew out into center field and Hansen reached first base safely on a fielder's choice. Then with two outs, Josh Romanski hit a huge single into right field bringing across Maness for the start of the rally. After Justin Snyder walked, Keoni Ruth brought in the final two runs of the inning on a two-run single to through the right side, turning the momentum in favor of the Toreros.
USD would take the lead in the fifth inning on Magness two-run blast over the right field fence, scoring Buschini, who had singled, to give USD a 5-4 lead that they would not look back on.
The Toreros then added some insurance runs in the seventh inning scoring four runs on five hits. USD scored their runs on a Snyder bases-loaded walk, a Ruth sacrifice fly to right field and a two-run single by Steve Singleton, to run his hit streak to 10 games.
Magness was the offensive hero or the Toreros going 2-for-3 with two RBI and one home run. Singleton finished the day going 2-for-5 with two RBI and Abruzzo ran his hit streak to nine games with his 1-for-4 performance.
Matt Couch (5-0) turned in a solid day on the mound for the Toreros in picking up his fifth win of the season. Couch allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out six in 7.0 innings of work. Couch retired six of his first seven batters before allowing four runs in the third inning, but responded to the four runs by retiring 12 of his final 13 batters not allowing a single walk. SMC starter Ian Farmer (1-6) was saddled with the loss for the Gaels allowing five runs, two earned, on nine hits in 6.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they close out their seven-game home stand with a non-conference game against Cal State Northridge in a 2 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.