April 13, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz turns in another dominating performance on the mound as he ties a career-high with 13 strikeouts to help lead the 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (27-13, 5-2 WCC) to a 15-1 rout over the University of Portland (14-18, 2-5 WCC) Friday afternoon in a West Coast Conference series opener at Cunningham Stadium.
Matusz (6-2) allowed just four hits in the first three innings, then retired his next 16 batters as he went 8.0 innings allowing one unearned run. The 13 strikeouts on Friday the 13th ties his career high and is just one shy of the single-game record at USD of 14 held by Mike Saipe. Matusz now has 119 strikeouts on the season, which places him fourth in single-season strikeouts at USD. This makes his seventh game this season the sophomore has recorded at least 10 strikeouts in a single-game.
Jordan Abruzzo also has moved into the all-time record books at USD he led the USD offense going 2-for-3 with one home run and three RBI at the plate. The three RBI moves his career RBI total to 194, just two shy of the all-time leader Joe Lima. His home run moved his career total to 35, which is good for fifth all-time at USD.
After the Pilots scored one unearned run in the first inning, the Toreros responded with a seven spot in their half of the first inning. The Toreros got things going with a Justin Snyder single to right field. USD then hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to push across the first three runs of the game. Abruzzo hit a ground-rule double to right center, moving Snyder to third, then Shane Buschini hit a two-run double to the same place and Josh Romanski caped off the doubles with a run-scoring double down the left field line.
San Diego continued to pour on the offense in the first inning as Logan Gelbrich got in on the hit parade with a single to left field, moving Romanski to third and Daniel Magness laid down a RBI sacrifice bunt down the first base line to push across Romanski for the fourth run of the inning. After Kevin Hansen was hit by a pitch, both Hansen and Gelbrich advanced one base on a wild pitch. Kevin Muno then walked to load the bases and Justin Snyder hit a high fly ball into right field, but the Portland right fielder dropped a routine fly ball allowing the remaining three runs to come across and give USD a six-run lead at 7-1.
San Diego then continued to pour on the offense scoring one run in third inning on a Buschini sacrifice fly, two runs in the fourth inning on a Gelbrich solo home run and a Snyder RBI single, and one run in the fifth inning on a Magness ground out to second base. USD added two more runs in the sixth inning on an Abruzzo sacrifice fly and a Romanski sacrifice fly and capped the scoring for the day in the eighth inning on a Abruzzo two-run homer to right field.
Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder had a solid day as he went 3-for-5 with one RBI, Romanski went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and both Gelbrich and Sean Nicol went 2-for-5 with Gelbrich adding an RBI and a home run.
Sean Sargent (1-4) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Pilots as he allowed seven runs, four earned, on five hits in 1.0 innings of work.
The Toreros and Pilots will resume their three-game series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. WCC game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.