April 17, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (29-14) saw their seven-game winning streak against the Aztecs of San Diego State University (23-17) come to an end with a 6-4 loss Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Toreros were able to get on the scoreboard first as they pushed across one run in the top of the third inning. Kevin Hansen got things rolling with a single to left field, moved to second on a pass ball and moved to third on a James Meador groundout to the second baseman. Justin Snyder then drove in Hansen with a RBI single through the right side to give USD a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth inning the Toreros added to their lead scoring two runs on two hits. Jordan Abruzzo got things started with a walk. Shane Buschini then hit his second triple of the season to right center field to drive in Abruzzo. Logan Gelbrich brought in the final run of the inning with an RBI single to left field to give USD a 3-0 lead.
The Aztecs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring four runs on six hits. Garett Green drove in the first run with a RBI single down the right field line. The second run came on a Cameron Johnson RBI ground out to the second baseman and the third run came on a Troy Hanzawa RBI single up the middle. Nick Romero's RBI single to right field drove in the fourth and final run of the inning to give SDSU a 4-3 lead.
SDSU then added two more runs to their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring runs when Frank LoNigro hit into a double play to push across a run and on a Glover RBI single to give the Aztecs a three-run lead at 6-3.
The Toreros then took back one run on two hits in the top of the seventh inning. Hansen led off the inning with a single and he moved to third on James Meador's double down the left field line. Snyder then drove in Hansen with a sacrifice fly to left field to put the game at its final of 6-4.
Offensively for the Toreros, Buschini led the way with his 2-for-3, one double, one triple and one RBI performance. Both Hansen and Meador also had a good day at the plate as they went 2-for-4 with Hansen coming around to score two runs.
Ricardo Pecina (4-4) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed four runs on six hits in 3.2 innings of work. Nate Solow (3-1) was credited with the win for the Aztecs as he allowed three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Los Angeles, Calif. to begin a three-game West Coast Conference series with Loyola Marymount University. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.