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Big Eighth Inning Lifts USD to Three-Game Sweep Over SCU

May 7, 2006

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A four-run eighth inning rally lifted the University of San Diego baseball team to a 4-1 come-from-behind West Coast Conference win against visiting Santa Clara University Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium to give USD a three-game sweep of the Broncos.

For the third consecutive day, the Toreros found themselves in a one-run hole heading into the late innings, as USD trailed SCU 1-0 heading into the bottom eighth inning. USD, like the previous two days, did not panic and were able to explode for four runs in the eighth on four hits to lift them to victory. Justin Snyder got things rolling with his stand-up double to right center field. USD then registered back-to-back ground rule doubles by Steve Singleton and Keoni Ruth to give USD a 2-1 lead. After Jordan Abruzzo walked, SCU changed pitchers and walked the very next batter, Ryan Lilly. With the bases loaded and one out, the SCU relief pitcher threw a wild pitch which pushed across the third Torero run of the inning. Kevin Hansen then pushed across the final run of the inning on a single to the shortstop to put the game at its final of 4-1.

Freshman hurler Josh Romanski (4-4) picked up his third win of the week for the Toreros, as he came into the game in relief of Anthony Slama in the eighth inning to shut down the Broncos bats not allowing a single SCU batter to register a hit or walk, as he retired all four batters he faced in 1.1 innings of work.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 30-20 overall and move to 11-7 in the WCC which places them in sole possession of second place, one game back of both Pepperdine University and the University of San Francisco, and two games ahead of Saint Mary's College. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 26-22 overall and 7-11 in the WCC.

The Broncos broke into the scoring column first as they were able to register one run on two hits in the top of the eighth inning. Santa Clara's run came when Michael Lange hit a run-scoring double to left field to score Eric Newton, who had singled, to give SCU a brief 1-0 lead.

Offensively for the Toreros, Singleton led the way going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one double in the game.

The Broncos second pitcher on the day, Justin Kuehn (2-6), was charged with the loss allowing four runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work.

The Toreros will look to extend their current five-game winning streak on Tuesday as they travel to play Cal State Northridge. USD will then conclude their conference portion of the season at Cunningham Stadium this upcoming weekend as they play host to the Bulldogs of Gonzaga University in what will be a pivotal WCC series for the Toreros.