April 29, 2007
San Diego, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski turned in a second consecutive outstanding pitching performance by a San Diego starter and the No. 16 Toreros received timely hitting en route to registering a 5-0 victory over No. 12 Pepperdine and clinching the three-game series Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
The loss dropped the Waves (30-15, 10-4) two games behind San Diego (34-14, 12-2) in the West Coast Conference (WCC) standings and a half game ahead of third-place Gonzaga (27-21, 10-5). The Toreros have won 11 straight WCC games after dropping their opening series at Gonzaga.
Pepperdine will try to avoid being swept for the first time this season when the two teams conclude the series with a 3 p.m. contest on Monday. The game will be televised live by CSTV.
Romanski (8-1) turned his third complete game of the season as he allowed four hits, no runs, did not walk a batter and struck out seven in nine innings. He also helped himself with the bat, doubling home a pair of insurance in the eighth inning.
The Waves did not have a runner reach second base until the eighth inning when Travis Tartamella singled with one out, advanced to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a ground ball out to second base.
For the second game in a row, San Diego took the early advantage, scoring once in the fourth and twice in the fifth against Pepperdine starter Robert Dickmann (5-3).
Shane Buschini opened the fourth with a single through the right side, moved to third on a single to right field by Daniel Magness and scored on a double play ground ball by Logan Gelbrich.
The Toreros rallied with two outs in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. Mike Metzger singled to left and Justin Snyder followed with a single up the middle.
Adam Olbrychowski came on to relieve Dickmann and Jordan Abruzzo greeted him with a base hit to right field that scored Metzger. Abruzzo also scored on the play when right fielder Donald Brown misplayed the ball for an error.
Dickmann suffered his second consecutive loss after working 4.2 innings, allowing six hits, three runs (two earned), walking one and striking out two while throwing 60 pitches.
By virtue of winning the series, San Diego owns a tie-breaker over Pepperdine in the race for home field advantage should both teams meet in the WCC Championship Series that will be held May 25-27. If the Toreros tie with the Waves or finished ahead of Pepperdine, they will host the championship series.