April 27, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - In a match-up between the top two teams in theWest Coast Conference, the 16th-ranked University of San Diego's Brian Matusz and the 12th-ranked Pepperdine University's Barry Enright, turned into a dominating performance by Matusz and an offensive explosion by the Toreros, as USD claimed game one from the Waves, 10-3, in the opening game of a three-game West Coast Conference series at USD's Cunningham Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 33-14 overall, move into sole possession of first place in the WCC at 11-2, have won their 10th consecutive WCC game and end Pepperdine's staring pitcher Barry Enright's 17-games undefeated streak in WCC games. With the loss, the Waves fall to 30-13 overall and 10-3 in the WCC.
Matusz (9-2) picked up his ninth win of the season in stylish fashion. He began the game by striking out the first five batters he faced. For the day, he allowed three runs on 10 hits, while striking out eight in 8.1 innings of work. This marks the eighth game this season that Matusz has recorded at least 10 strikeouts in a game.
The Toreros wasted no time in flexing their offensive muscle as they got to Enright early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second inning on three hits. Josh Romanski got the inning started with a single and he moved to second on Sean Nicol's single to center field. After each runner advanced one base on Kevin Hansen's sacrifice bunt, Mike Metzger pushed across the first run on a sacrifice fly to left field. Justin Snyder then drove in Nicol with a RBI single to left field to give USD an early 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third inning, Pepperdine was threatening to score as they loaded the bases with no outs on three consecutive singles by Matthew Frazee, Danny Worth and Adrian Ortiz, but Matusz wasn't rattled as he struck out the next two batters and USD got a golden glove diving catch out in center field by Romanski to retire the side and end the Pepperdine scoring threat.
In the fourth inning, the Toreros continued to add to their lead with one run on a Snyder sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Hansen, who had doubled, to move the Toreros advantage to 3-0.
USD then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth inning scoring three runs on three hits. Shane Buschini got things rolling with his 12th home run of the season, a towering solo shot onto the Manchester dorm rooms roof, out in right field. Daniel Magess then walked and moved to third on Logan Gelbrich's double down the left field line. Romanski then drove in Magness with a single up the middle and the final USD run of the inning came on a Metzger RBI groundout to the second baseman to move the USD lead to 6-0.
San Diego then scored their final four runs on a throwing error by a Pepperdine relief pitcher, a Romanski RBI single up the middle, a throwing error by the Waves catcher and a Nicol sacrifice fly to left field.
Pepperdine spoiled the shutout in the eighth inning on a Ryan Heroy RBI single through the right side, scoring Adrian Ortiz, who reached on a fielder's choice. The final two Pepperdine runs came on a two-run homer by Travis Tartemella in the ninth inning, to put the game at its final of 10-3.
Offensively for the Toreros, Romanski led the charge with his 4-for-4, one double and two RBI performance. Buschini was also an offensive leader for the Toreros as he went 3-for-4 with one home run and one RBI.
Enright (10-2) was saddled with the loss for the Waves as he allowed four runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings of work.
The Toreros and Waves will resume the three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium. Both teams are not playing on Saturday in respect to Pepperdine's graduation on Saturday. The series will conclude on Monday, with a 3 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.