April 22, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (32-14,10-2 WCC) rallied to score eight unanswered runs to come from behind and complete a three-game sweep over Loyola Marymount University (18-25-1, 5-7 WCC) Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at Page Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros have now won nine consecutive WCC games and remain in a tie for first place with Pepperdine University.
Just like game two of Saturday's double header, the Lions jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning in a solo home run. This time the homer came from Sean Dovel.
San Diego answered back in the top of the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead. After Jordan Abruzzo reached first base on a fielder's choice, Shane Buschini rocketed his team-leading 11th home run of the season, a two run blast over the right center field fence, to give the Toreros the advantage.
The Lions then regained the lead in their half of the sixth inning on an Elivs Herrera two-run single up the middle to give the Lions a 3-2 edge.
The Toreros then used a big five-run eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Abruzzo got things started with a single and he moved to third on Logan Gelbrich's double down the left field line. The Lions then intentionally walked Josh Romanski, and Daniel Magness made them pay with a two-run double to right field, moving the score to 7-3. Metzger then cleared the bases with a triple deep into center field and the final run of the inning came on a Kevin Hansen sacrifice fly to center field to give USD an 8-3 advantage.
The final two USD runs cam on a Buschini RBI single and a Romanski RBI single in the ninth inning to put the game at its final of 10-3.
Offensively for the Toreros, Magness led the way with his 3-for-5 three RBI performance. Sean Nicol also went 3-for-5 and Metzger had a big day as well, going 2-for-3 with one triple and two RBI.
Anthony Slama (1-2) was credited with the win for the Toreros on the mound as he allowed no runs on no hits in 0.2 innings of work. Daniel Macias (4-5) was saddled with the loss for the Lions as he allowed six runs on six hits in 7.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they begin a three-game WCC series with Pepperdine University in a battle for first place at Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.