April 8, 2006
PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of San Diego baseball team held of a late University of Portland rally to claim an 8-6 West Coast Conference win Saturday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field.
With the win the Toreros improve to 22-11 overall and 4-1 in WCC action, claim the three-game series with the Pilots and have now won three consecutive games. With the loss the Pilots drop to 10-20 overall and 0-5 in the WCC.
The Toreros jumped out to the early lead as they scored three runs on four hits in the first inning. Justin Snyder led off with a walk and moved to second on Keoni Ruth's bunt to the pitcher. Both runners advanced one base on a pass ball and each runner then came home on Jordan Abruzzo's two-run single up the middle. After back-to-back singles by Shane Buschini and Daniel Magness which loaded the bases, Kevin Hansen laid down a sacrifice bunt which allowed Abruzzo to score from third giving USD the early 3-0 lead.
San Diego then added one run in the third inning on a throwing error by the Pilots, but Portland scored one run in the second inning on a Pat Geraghty ground out and one in the third inning on a Matthew Peters RBI single cutting the lead to 4-2.
The Toreros then added four runs in the seventh inning on an Abruzzo RBI single, a Buschini ground out to the second baseman, a Hansen RBI single and a Ryan Lilly RBI single to center field to increase the lead to six runs, a lead USD would not look back on.
The Pilots then put on a late rally scoring four runs over the final two innings. Portland scored two runs in the eighth inning on a Cory Wiltshire run-scoring double and a Jesee Rodgers RBI single. The Pilots then gave USD a brief scare in the ninth inning scoring two more runs on Travis Vetters two-run single cutting the lead to two runs, but could come no closer leaving the game at its final of 8-6.
Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way going 3-for-5 with three RBI and one double as the only Torero to record multiple hits on the day.
Josh Butler (8-2) picked up his conference-leading eighth win of the season allowing six runs on six hits in 8.0 innings of work. Matt Couch picked up his second save in as many days for USD allowing no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work. Sean Sargent (3-6) was saddled with the loss for the Pilots allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits in 6.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will look to complete a three-game sweep over the Pilots as they compete in a 1 p.m. WCC game at Joe Etzel Field.