April 21, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman left-hander Brian Matusz threw eight scoreless innings to lead the 19th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to a 6-1 West Coast Conference series opening win against Pepperdine University Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 25-15 overall and 6-3 in the WCC and move into sole possession of first place in the conference as the University of San Francisco was defeated 3-1 earlier this afternoon by Gonzaga University. With the loss, the Waves fall to 25-16 overall and 5-5 in the WCC.
Matusz (4-2) had a brilliant performance on the mound for the Toreros in picking up his fourth win of the season. He allowed no runs on five hits while striking out six in eight innings of work. Matusz allowed three of his hits during the first four innings, and then allowed only one hit through the remaining four innings of his outing.
The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they jumped out to the early 2-0 lead in the second inning. USD got things rolling with a Logan Gelbrich walk and he advanced to second on a Kevin Hansen walk. Daniel Magness then singled through the right side which scored Gelbrich from second. On the same play, the Pepperdine right fielder attempted to throw Hansen out at third, but the ball flew wide right allowing Hansen to round third and come across the plate for an unearned run.
USD tacked on another run in the third inning on a Gelbrich RBI single into right center field which scored Keoni Ruth, who had single up the middle.
Pepperdine took back one run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Luke Salas RBI single to right center field scoring Chase d'Arnaud, who had singled.
The Toreros added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning scoring one run on a Jordan Abruzzo sacrifice fly and two more runs in the top of the eighth inning on a Steve Singleton two-run single to centerfield to put the game at its final of 6-1.
Ruth was the offensive hero for the Toreros as he went 3-for-5 at the plate to register as the only Toreros to have multiple hits.
The Toreros and Waves will return to action on Saturday in game two of a three-game WCC series at Eddy D. Field Stadium with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 1 p.m.