April 30, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team held off a late Pepperdine University rally to claim a 7-3 win and complete three-game sweep over the 13th-ranked Waves in a West Coast Conference game Monday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 35-14 overall, 13-2 in the WCC, complete the sweep over Pepperdine for the first time in program history and run their WCC winning streak to 12 games. With the loss, the Waves fall to 30-16 overall, 10-5 in the WCC and suffer their first sweep of the season.
The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they got to the Pepperdine starting pitcher in the first inning scoring three runs on two hits. Jordan Abruzzo got things rolling with a single up the middle and he moved to second on a Shane Buschini walk. Daniel Magness then rocketed a two-run double down the left field line to give USD their first two runs of the day. Josh Romanski then moved Magness to third on a ground out and after Logan Gelbrich was hit by a pitch, the Toreros had runners at the corners with one out. The final USD run came on an error by the Pepperdine third baseman to give USD the early momentum and a 3-0 lead.
The Toreros tacked on another run in the fifth inning on no hits. Romanski led off the inning reaching on a fielding error by the pitcher. Romanski then moved to second on a Gelbrich walk and Sean Nicol advanced each runner one bag with a sacrifice bunt. Kevin Hansen drove in Romanski with a ground out to the shortstop to move the score to 4-0.
The Waves then cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth inning scoring two runs on three hits. The Pepperdine runs came on a Danny Worth run-scoring double and a RBI single by Eric Thames, moving the score to 4-2.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Waves made the game interesting, cutting the Toreros lead to one with one run. After the Waves loaded the bases with no outs, freshman AJ Griffin was inserted on the mound for the Toreros. Griffin hit his first batter to push across the lone run of the inning. He then got out of the jam when got the next batter, Trent Diedrich, to fly out fly to left field, then he got Adrian Ortiz to ground into a double play to end the Waves scoring threat and preserving the one-run Torero lead.
San Diego then responded in the bottom half of the seventh inning, as they took advantage of two Pepperdine miscues to score two runs. Magness led off the inning reaching on an error by the shortstop and he moved to second on a Gelbrich single up the middle. Then with two outs and runners still at first and second, Hansen hit a fly ball into right center field, and the Pepperdine centerfielders appeared to have the out and the ball fell directly into his glove, but somehow the ball fell back out of the glove allowing both Magness and Gelbrich to come across for the two unearned runs and give USD some breathing room at 6-3.
USD added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Buschini RBI single up the middle to put the game at its final of 7-3.
Offensively for the Toreros, Magness led the way with his 2-for-5, one double two RBI performance. Buschini was the only other batter to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Matt Couch (7-2) picked up the win on the mound as he allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work. Griffin picked up his eighth save of the season as he allowed no runs on two hits in 3.0 innings of work. Brett Hunter (6-4) was saddled with the loss for the Waves as he allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits in 5.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host the University of San Francisco in a 3 p.m. WCC game at Cunningham Stadium. This will mark the start of a three-game series with the Dons.