April 30, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The 24th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team's (26-30, 8-7 WCC) bats exploded for 17 hits as the Toreros avoided a three-game sweep with a 9-3 West Coast Conference win against the University of San Francisco (28-19, 9-6 WCC) Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at Benedetti Diamond.
The Toreros were able to snap a 27-inning scoring drought in the first inning as they jumped out the early lead scoring three runs on three hits. Justin Snyder got things rolling with a stand-up double. Keoni Ruth then hit a single to the pitcher which moved Snyder to third to give USD runners at the corners with one out. The USF starting pitcher then attempted to throw Ruth out at first, but the ball was to high for the first baseman, allowing Ruth to advance to second and Snyder to come across for the first run. Jordan Abruzzo then launched his fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast over the right field fence to give USD the early 3-0 lead.
After USF scored one run in each of the first and third innings to pull within two at 4-2, USD tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning. Shane Buschini got things rolling as he launched a high fly ball to the shortstop, who lost the ball in sun, for a single, and he moved to second on Josh Romanski's walk. Kevin Hansen laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both Buschini and Romanski one base. Ryan Lilly drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly to right field and Snyder hit his second double of the game to bring in the second run of the inning giving USD a 6-2 lead.
USD would add two more runs in the ninth inning to round out the scoring for the day.
USF's runs came by way of Stefan Gartrell RBI single, a Scott Cousins RBI single and a Cousins solo home run.
Offensively for the Toreros, Ruth had a huge day as he went 4-for-5 with one double. Abruzzo had a solid day at the plate as well going 3-for-5 with four RBI and one home run.
Matt Couch (6-2) picked up the win for the Toreros allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out five in 6.0 innings of work. Romanski picked up his fifth save of the season for USD allowing no runs on no hits in 3.0 innings of work. USF's starting pitcher Patrick McGuigan (9-2) was saddled with only his second loss of the season allowing six runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they travel to play cross-town rival San Diego State University in a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Tony Gwynn Stadium.