April 15, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior Shane Buschini stole the show at the plate for the Toreros as he recorded two home runs and five RBI to help lead the 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (29-13, 7-2 WCC) to a 10-2 win over the University of Portland (14-20, 2-7 WCC) Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. With the win, the Toreros have completed a three-game sweep over the Pilots and have now won six consecutive WCC games.
Buschini finished his monster day at the plate with a 3-for-5, two home runs and five RBI performance. His second home run not only left the park, but it flew onto the roof of the second building behind the right field fence. With his two home runs, he moves his single-season total to 10, becoming the first USD player to have double-digit home runs since Jordan Abruzzo did it in 2005.
Speaking of Abruzzo, he was also a huge force at the plate for the Toreros as he went a perfect 5-for-5 with one RBI and three runs scored. With the five hits, Abruzzo has now moved into second all-time at USD in career-hits with 277, just two shy of the all-time leader, Kevin Reese. Abruzzo also inched closer to the all-time lead in RBI with his 196th career RBI, just one shy of Joe Lima, the current all-time leader in career-RBI.
Once again the Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they were able to score three runs on back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first inning. Abruzzo got things rolling with a single and Buschini then hit his first home run of the day, a two-run blast over the right center field fence. Then Logan Gelbrich stepped into the batters box and rocketed his third home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence to give USD an early 3-0 advantage.
USD added two more runs to their lead in the bottom of the second inning on two hits. Kevin Muno got things rolling with a walk and he came around to score all the way from first on a Justin Snyder double to left field. Abruzzo then brought in Snyder with a single to left field to give USD a comfortable 5-0 lead.
In the third inning the offense continued to roll for the Toreros as the scored another run on a Buschini RBI single, bringing in Abruzzo, who had singled, to give USD a 6-0 advantage.
After USD scored two more runs in the fourth inning on a Buschini RBI single and a fielding error by the Portland shortstop, the Pilots were able to spoil the shutout in the top of the sixth inning. The Pilots runs came on Chase Powell run-scoring double and a Clayton Shaw RBI single up the middle to move the score to 8-2.
USD would respond with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Buschini's towering two-run homer to right field to put the game at its final of 10-2.
Besides the outstanding days at the plate for Buschini and Abruzzo, Snyder, Gelbrich and Romanski all went 2-for-4 at the plate with all three driving in one run as well.
Matt Couch (6-2) was credited with the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out five in 6.0 innings of work. Anthony Slama came on and threw a brilliant three innings of relief work allowing no runs on no hits, while striking out four in picking up his first save of the season. David Gruener (1-3) was saddled with the loss for the Pilots as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits in 6.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they head to cross-town rival San Diego State University for a 6 p.m. game at SDSU's Tony Gwynn Stadium.