April 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (31-14,8-2 WCC) scored 12 unanswered runs over the final four innings to claim a 12-1 West Coast Conference win over Loyola Marymount University (18-24-1, 5-4 WCC) Saturday afternoon in the second game of a double-header a Page Stadium.
With the double-header sweep over the Lions, the Toreros have claimed the three-game series, move into a tie for first place in the WCC with Pepperdine University and have now won eight consecutive WCC games.
Senior catcher Jordan Abruzzo became the all-time hits leader at USD with his 3-for-6, two doubles and two RBI performance at the plate. For Abruzzo's career, he now has 282 career hits, topping Kevin Reese's 279.
The Lions broke into the scoring column first as Elvin Herrera led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run over the left field fence to give LMU a 1-0 advantage.
It was all USD fro that point on as the Toreros answered back in the top of the sixth inning scoring three runs on three hits. Daniel Maness got things started with a single to left field and he moved to second when Logan Gelbrich was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Sean Nicol rocketed his fourth home run of the season, a three-run blast over the left centerfield fence to give USD a 3-1 lead.
USD added to their lead in the top of the seventh inning. Abruzzo got things started by setting the new USD career-hits record with a single up the middle. Abruzzo moved up one base on a Shane Buschini ground out and Magness drove in Abruzzo with a RBI single to center field to move the score to 4-1.
San Diego continued to pour on the offense in the top of the eighth inning scoring four runs on three hits. Mike Metzger got things started with a single and he moved to third on Snyder's double down the right field line. The Lions then were trying to fool Abruzzo into thinking they were going to intentionally walk him, but Abruzzo wasn't fooled and rocketed the ball into center field to push across the first two runs of the inning. Buschini then hit the third consecutive double of the inning to right field, bringing across Abruzzo for the third run of the inning and the final run of the inning came on Gelbrich's run-scoring double to centerfield to move the Toreros advantage to 8-1.
USD score four more runs in the ninth inning on a Snyder three-run homer and a Magness run-scoring double to put the game at its final of 12-1.
Offensively for the Toreros, all but one batter that was sent to the plate recorded at least one hit with Magness leading the way going 4-for-6 with one double and one RBI. Snyder, Buschini, Gelbrich and Hansen all recorded multiple hits on the day for the Toreros.
Brian Matusz (8-2) picked up his eighth win of the season in dominating fashion as he allowed one run on five hits, while striking out eight in 6.2 innings of work. AJ Griffin came in and picked up his seventh save of the season allowing no runs on no hits in 2.1 innings of work. Brian Wilson (3-5) was saddled with the loss for the Lions as he allowed four runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they conclude the three-game series with the Lions at LMU's Page Stadium.