May 2, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team (27-20) pounded out 18 hits to score 15 runs in claiming their fourth consecutive win over cross-town rival San Diego State University (17-31) in a 15-7 non-conference game at Tony Gwynn Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
USD's offense used two four-run innings to take control of the offensive showdown with the four-run fifth inning being the final momentum swing in favor of the Toreros. Jordan Abruzzo got things rolling with a stand-up double to center field and he came across for the first run on a Daniel Magness RBI single up the middle. After a Shane Buschini walk, Josh Romanski reached on a fielder's choice to give USD runners at first and second as Magness was thrown out at third. Kevin Hansen brought in Buschini on a single through the left side and the final two runs came on a Ryan Lilly RBI single and a Justin Snyder bunt to the pitcher to give the Toreros a 10-4 advantage.
With USD leading 6-0, the Aztecs cut into the six run lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as the scored four runs on five hits. The Aztecs runs came on a Paul Smyth RBI single to left field, a two-run double by Tim O'Brien and a Nick Romero run-scoring double to take the momentum away from the Toreros early lead.
USD scored two runs in both of the fourth and seventh innings and one run in the eighth inning to round out the scoring for the day.
All nine batters that the Toreros sent to the plate recorded at least one hit. Snyder went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI and Magness went 4-for-6 with four RBI to lead USD's offense.
Both ball clubs used a carousel of pitchers with USD's Romanski (2-4) picking up the win for the Toreros allowing one run on four hits, while recording five strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work. SDSU's starting pitcher Mark Triolo (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits in 2.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they open a pivotal three-game West Coast Conference series against the Broncos of Santa Clara University with a 3 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.