April 11, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (22-13) dropped a 2-1 non-conference decision to the Matadors of Cal State Northridge (17-19) Tuesday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
The Matadors jumped out to the early lead as they scored one run in the fifth inning on three hits. Raymond Ravago did the scoring damage with his RBI single to left field which scored Kris Kasarjian who had singled.
The Toreros answered back in the seventh inning with one run of their own. Keoni Ruth led off with a walk and moved to second on a Daniel Magness sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. After a Kevin Hansen single and a pitching change, Logan Gelbrich was inserted as a pinch hitter and drove in Ruth with a single to left field bringing the game to a tie at 1-1.
Northridge then was able to push across one more run in the eighth inning on a Steve Lemmon RBI single to center field which scored Scott Lyons who led off the inning with a single.
USD didn't fade away, as they put up a fight in the bottom of the ninth inning trying to put on a late rally. Hansen led off with a walk then stole second. Gelbrich moved Hansen to third on a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher to give USD a runner in scoring position with one out. Two batters later Justin Snyder walked, then stole second to give the Toreros runners at both second and third with two outs. Singleton then grounded out to the first baseman to end the scoring threat for USD.
Russell Holzhauer (2-3) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing one run on three hits in 2.2 innings of work. Jimmy Brettl (4-2) picked up the win for the Matadors allowing no runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they host Loyola Marymount University in a 3 p.m. West Coast Conference game at Cunningham Stadium.