April 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski threw his second complete game of his career to help lead the 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (30-14,8-2 WCC) to a 5-1 series-opening win over Loyola Marymount University (18-22-1, 5-4 WCC) Saturday afternoon in the first game of a double-header a Page Stadium.
Romanski (7-1) had another masterpiece on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed one unearned run on seven hits, while striking out five in 9.0 innings of work in picking up his seventh win of the season. Brad Meyers (3-4) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Lions as he allowed five runs, four earned on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work.
The Toreros broke open a pitching duel in the top of the fourth inning scoring four runs on five hits. Shane Buschini led off the frame with a single through the right side and he moved to second on a single by Josh Romanski. Sean Nicol then drove in the first run with a bloop single to center field, moving Romanski to third. After Nicol stole second, Kevin Hansen drove in the next two runs on two-run single to right center. Kevin Muno then moved Hansen to second on a walk and Justin Snyder drove in the final run of the inning on a RBI single up the middle to give USD a 4-0 lead.
The Toreros tacked on another run in the top of the sixth inning. Nicol led off the inning with a single and stole second. Then with two outs, Snyder appeared to ground out to the second baseman, but the home plate umpire called catchers interference to keep the USD hopes alive. Abruzzo then hit his 279th-career-hit to tie the all-time record at USD in career-hits, and drive in Nicol to give USD a 5-0 lead.
The Lions spoiled the shutout for the Toreros in the bottom of the eighth inning on a RBI single from Brett Mendoza to center field, moving the score to 5-1.
Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo tied the all-time career lead in hits with his 2-for-5 one RBI performance. Snyder also had a solid day at the plate as he went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Kevin Hansen was another force at the plate for USD as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead the offense and the final USD player to have multiple hits was Nicol, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
The Toreros will return to action later today as they play the second-game of a double-header at LMU's Page Stadium.