May 4, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior catcher Jordan Abruzzo hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (36-14, 14-2 WCC) to a thrilling 2-1 win over the University of San Francisco (24-24, 6-10 WCC) Friday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at Cunningham Stadium.
With the game knotted at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Toreros were looking for some more Cunningham Stadium magic, and they got just that. Kevin Hansen led off the inning with a single through the left side and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Mike Metzger. James Meador then singled up the middle to move Hansen to third to give USD runners at the corners with one out. The Dons starting pitcher then threw a wild pitch, which advanced Kevin Muno, who pinch ran for Meador, from first to second. San Francisco then loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Justin Snyder, which set the stage for Abruzzo. Abruzzo took a swing at the first offering from USF starting pitcher Aaron Poreda and rocketed a single to left center field to give USD the win.
The game through all nine innings was a good old fashion pitchers dual between USD's Brian Matusz and USF's Poreda. In the end, USD came out on top. Matusz finished the day allowing one run on seven hits in 8.0 innings of work and Poreda (6-6) allowed two runs on 10 hits in 8.1 innings of work in picking up the loss for the Dons. Freshman AJ Griffin (6-1) picked up his sixth win of the season, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 1.0 innings of work. With the win over Poreda, it marks the 10th game the Toreros have won against a pitcher on the Roger Clemmons Award Watch List.
The Dons got on the scoreboard first as they scored one run on one hit in the top of the fourth inning. Derek Poppert got things started with a walk and then stole second. Mitchell Bialosky drove in the run with a double down the left field line to give the Dons a 1-0 lead.
The Toreros then evened the score in the bottom of the sixth inning. Shane Buschini led off the inning with a stand-up double. Logan Gelbrich then drove in Buschini with a RBI single up the middle to knot the score at 1-1.
Offensively for the Toreros, Buschini led the way going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Abruzzo was the only other USD player with multiple hits as he went 2-for-5 with one RBI.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they continue the three-game series with the Dons with a 1 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.