April 5, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Brian Matusz dominates on the mound and Justin Snyder dominates at the plate to help lead the University of San Diego baseball team (24-12, 2-2 WCC) to a 4-2 win over Saint Mary's College (16-13-1, 0-4 WCC) Thursday afternoon in the opening game of a three-game West Coast Conference series at Louis Guisto Field.
Matusz (6-2) returned to his dominating form as he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, retiring his first nine batters before hitting a batter, then retired the next three batters before Eric Musgrove broke up the no-hitter with a single. Matusz allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out 10 batters in his first complete game of the season.
The Toreros wasted no time in scoring, as they put up one run in the first inning. Snyder led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Josh Romanski reached on a fielding error by the second baseman. Each runner moved up one base on a Jordan Abruzzo fly out to left field, then Shane Buschini then drove in Snyder as he grounded into a double play to give USD a 1-0 lead.
San Diego then added to their lead in the top of the third inning, scoring one run on three hits. Snyder again got things going for the Toreros as he got on with a single to right field. After Romanski moved Snyder to second with a single to center field, Abruzzo hit an RBI single up the middle to move the score to 2-0.
The Gaels finally were able to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Joe Staples RBI single, scoring Eric Cattoni, who had singled to cut the lead in half at 2-1.
The Toreros answered right back in the top of the seventh inning scoring one run on three hits. Snyder was again the catalyst for the USD offense, as he got things rolling with a two-out stand-up double to left center field. Romanski then brought in Snyder with a RBI single up the middle to again give USD a two-run lead at 3-2.
The Toreros then padded their lead in the top of the eighth inning scoring one run on three hits. Buschini got things going with a stand-up double and he moved to third on a Sean Nicol sacrifice bunt. Daniel Magness then brought in Buschini with a RBI single up the middle to give the Toreros a three-run cushion heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Gales were able to push across one more run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Musgrove run-scoring double to put the game at its final of 4-2.
Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder went a perfect 3-for-3 before popping out to the shortstop in his last at bat to finish 3-for-4 with one double and three runs scored to lead the USD offense. Romanski went 2-for-5 with one RBI and Magness was the only other USD player to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Sean Gleason (4-3) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Gales, as he allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 7.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they continue the three-game series with the Gaels. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field.