April 7, 2007
MORAGA, Calif. - The bats explode for the University of San Diego baseball team (26-12, 4-2 WCC) as they score 11 runs on 11 hits to claim a 11-1 win over Saint Mary's College (16-15-1, 0-6 WCC) Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Toreros have claimed a three-game sweep over the Gaels.
Matt Couch (5-2) was credited with the win on the mound for the Toreros as he had a solid outing on the mound. He allowed one run on six hits, while striking out seven in 7.0 innings of work.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as they scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Jordan Abruzzo got things started when he was hit by a pitch and he moved to second on a Shane Buschini walk. Abruzzo then advanced to third on an error by the SMC pitcher and Romanski then loaded the bases with a walk. Abruzzo would come across for the first run on a balk and Kevin Muno did the rest as he hit a two-run double down the left field line to give USD a 3-0 lead.
San Diego moved their lead to six runs in the top of the fifth inning. Kevin Hansen led off the inning with a stand-up double to left field and he moved to third on a Justin Snyder ground out to the second baseman. Sean Nicol brought in Hansen with a RBI single through the right side. After Nicol advanced one base on a wild pitch, Buschini delivered a RBI single through the right side to bring in Nicol for the second run of the inning. Logan Gelbrich then brought in the final run of the inning with a run-scoring double to give USD a 6-0 lead.
SMC scored their lone run of the game in their half of the fifth inning on a Joel Staples run-scoring double to right center field, which scored Gilbert Urbina, who had doubled, to cut the deficit to five at 6-1.
The Toreros then scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. The USD runs came on an Abruzzo RBI single, a Romanski sacrifice fly, a fielding error by the SMC third baseman and a Daniel Magness RBI single.
USD would score one more run in the top of the eighth inning on an Abruzzo RBI single to put the game at its final of 11-1.
Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI performance. Nicol also went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Snyder was the third USD player to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-5.
Anthony Aliotti (4-3) was saddled with the loss for the Gaels as he allowed three runs on one hit in 4.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they return to the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium for a 3 p.m. non-conference game against UC Riverside.