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No. 25 San Diego Defeats Pepperdine 6-1 in Friday's WCC Opener

April 21, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - Freshman left-hander Brian Matusz allowed one run over eight innings and was backed by some solid defense as 25th-ranked San Diego defeated Pepperdine 6-1 in the opener of a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win improved San Diego to 25-15 overall and coupled with San Francisco's loss at Gonzaga moved to the Toreros into sole possession of first place in the WCC with a 7-3 mark. The Waves (25-16, 5-5) dropped two games behind San Diego and fell into a tie for fifth place.

San Francisco, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's are tied for second with 6-4 conference marks.

San Diego took advantage of a pair of walks and an error to take a 2-0 lead in the second inning against Pepperdine left-hander Paul Coleman (5-4).

Coleman walked designated hitter Logan Gelbrich to open the inning and, after a strikeout, issued a walk to right fielder Shane Buschini to put two runners on with one out. Left fielder Kevin Hansen then singled through the right side to drive home Gelbrich with the game's first run.

On the play, Waves right fielder Denny Duron threw the ball away at third base allowing Buschini to score the second run of the inning that gave the Toreros a 2-0 lead.

Pepperdine put two runners on in the bottom half of the inning against Matusz (4-2), but San Diego third baseman Ryan Lilly made the first of several nice plays that took away potential hits when he snared a shot hit off the bat of junior left fielder Luke Salas and threw on to first to record the out and end the inning.

The Toreros added a run in the third on an RBI flair single to right field off the bat of Gelbrich that scored Keoni Ruth, who singled up the middle and moved to second on an infield out.

The Waves scored their lone run of the game in the fourth inning on an RBI single to center by Salas that scored freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud, who scored from second base after singling with one out and moving into scoring position following a walk to Duron.

San Diego scored a pair of runs against Pepperdine reliever Bryan Minkel in the eighth to take a 6-1 lead.

In his eight innings of work Matusz scattered five hits, allowed one run, walked four and struck out six.

Coleman pitched seven innings, allowed six hits, four runs (two earned), walked three and struck out three.

d'Arnaud led the Waves offensively as he had a single, double and walked twice.

Pepperdine will try and even the series when it hosts San Diego in a 1 p.m. contest Saturday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.