April 10, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - UC Riverside (21-12) scored three unanswered runs to come-from-behind and upset the 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team, (26-13) Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.
With the score knotted at 7-7 heading into the top of the eighth inning, the Highlanders' Jeff Dunbar hit an RBI single to left field to score an unearned run to give UCR the win.
After UCR got on the scoreboard first with a solo home run from Jamie Pedroza, the Toreros quickly answered back in the bottom of the second inning scoring two runs on two hits. Shane Buschini led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a Logan Gelbrich walk. Kevin Muno then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both Gelbrich and Buschini one base. After Kevin Hansen walked to load the bases, Mike Metzgter delivered a two-out two-run single to right field to give USD a 2-1 lead.
UCR then evened the score in the top of the third inning scoring one run on a Ben Price RBI single down the right field line.
The Toreros then scored two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jordan Abruzzo led off the frame with his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot over the left center field fence. The second USD run came on a Daniel Magness sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Buschini, who was hit by a pitch, to give USD a two-run edge at 4-2.
San Diego then pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on an Abruzzo run-scoring double and a Gelbrich sacrifice fly to right field to give USD a 6-2 lead.
The Highlanders then scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to get back into the ball game. The UCR runs came on a Carl Uhl three-run double to right center field to cut the Toreros lead to one.
San Diego then pushed their lead back to two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Gelbrich run-scoring double to left field, moving the score to 7-5. This set the stage for the final three unanswered Highlander runs to put the game at its final of 8-7.
Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way with his 2-for-5, one double, one home run and two RBI performance.
Russell Holzhauer (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs on five hits in 1.0 innings of work. Stephen Penney (3-1) was credited with the win for the Highlanders, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 2.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will resume conference action on Friday as they open a three-game series with the University of Portland. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.