April 30, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - USF won the series, but couldn't finish off San Diego on Sunday, as the Diamond Dons fell to the Toreros 9-3 at Benedetti Diamond. The Dons (28-19, 9-6 WCC) fall into a second place tie in the West Coast Conference after the Toreros (26-20, 8-7 WCC) ended their three game scoreless streak in good fashion.
After 27 straight innings of not crossing the plate, San Diego netted three runs in the top of the first. Sophomore center fielder Justin Snyder roped a double to start the game and moved to third on junior second baseman Keoni Ruth's infield single. Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan tried to pick Ruth off first base, but his throw sailed passed sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, scoring Snyder. The next batter, junior catcher Jordan Abruzzo, snuck a line drive over the right field fence for a two-run homerun.
USF took one run back in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, junior left fielder Scott Cousins walked and scored on senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell's single to right. USF was within two in the bottom of the third when junior center fielder Lucas DeLong singled, stole second and scored on Cousins single to right field. But that would be as close as they would get as San Diego would score two more in the fourth, one in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Cousins gave the Dons their third run in the bottom of the sixth, smashing a lead-off homerun over the 360 sign in right-center field. For the week (four games), Cousins batted .643, stroking nine hits, two of them homeruns for a slugging percentage of 1.071, had six RBI and scored four runs. He also pitched a complete game shutout versus San Diego on Friday.
For the Dons on Sunday, Cousins was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. DeLong also had two hits, scored a run and stole a base. Gartrell, junior catcher Jonathan Norfolk, and freshman second baseman Zach Kim added one hit each. With his 49th RBI, Gartrell moves into a three-way fifth place tie in career RBI (118) with Joe Jacobitz (2002-04) and Tony Hurtado (1997-00). He needs just five more to tie fourth place with Armand Gaerlan (2001-04).
McGuigan (9-2) suffers the loss, throwing four innings, allowing six runs (all earned) on eight hits and two walks.
Sophomore right-hander Matt Couch (6-2) earned the win for the Toreros, allowing three earned runs off seven hits, two walks and struck out five in six innings of work. Freshman designated hitter/left-handed pitcher Josh Romanski earned his fifth save after throwing three scoreless innings of no-hit ball, only walking one and striking out two.
On the day, eight Toreros combined for 17 hits. Ruth smacked four hits, including a double. Abruzzo was 3-for-5 with a homerun, four RBI and a run scored, and junior short stop Steve Singleton went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored.
USF returns to action Tuesday, May 2, hosting UC Davis for a non-conference game at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 3:00 PM.