April 29, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski and the 16th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team's offense had another dominating performance as the Toreros claimed a three-game series over the 12th-ranked Pepperdine University Waves with a 5-0 West Coast Conference win Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 34-14 overall, 12-2 in the WCC, have won their 11th consecutive WCC game and hold a two-game lead over the Waves for first place in conference. With the loss, the Waves fall to 30-15 overall and 10-4 in the WCC.
Romanski was engaged in a pitchers dual through the first four innings of action, then the Toreros offense broke through and gave the sophomore from Corona, Calif. some run support. Romanski (8-1) picked up his eighth win of the season allowing no runs, scattering four hits and striking out seven in his third complete game of the season. After surrendering a single in the second inning, Romanski then retired his next 13 batters before surrendering his second hit of the afternoon to Luke Salas.
The Toreros were finally able to get at Pepperdine's starting pitcher Robert Dickman in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring one run on two hits. Shane Buschini got things started with a single through the right side and advanced to third on Daniel Magness' single through the right side. Logan Gelbrich then hit into a double play with Magness being thrown out at second, but it allowed Buschini to come across the plate for the first run of the game.
USD then added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on three hits. Mike Metzger got things started for the Toreros with a single to left field and he moved to second on Justin Snyder's single up the middle. After a pitching change by the Waves, Abruzzo swung at the first offering from the Pepperdine reliever and he hit a RBI single into right field. The right fielder then misplayed the ball, allowing both Metzger and Snyder to come around to score and move Abruzzo to second to give USD a 3-0 lead.
San Diego then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth inning scoring two runs on two hits. Abruzzo got things rolling with a single through the right side and moved to second on a Logan Gelbrich walk. Kevin Muno was then inserted in as a pinch runner for Gelbrich and Romanski helped his own cause on the mound with a two-run double deep into center field to put the game at its final of 5-0.
Offensively for the Toreros, Metzger was the hero as he went a perfect 3-for-3 with one run scored. Abruzzo went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Snyder was the third Torero with multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Dickman (5-3) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Waves as he allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits in 4.2 innings of work.
The Toreros and Waves will conclude their three-game series on Monday with a 3 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.