SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team claimed the programs sixth West Coast Conference championship with a thrilling 10-6 win over Pepperdine University Sunday evening in the second half of a double-header at Fowler Park.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 30-20 overall, take the series over Pepperdine, and won their first conference regular-season title since 2010 with a 19-8 WCC record. With the loss, the Waves fall to 25-24 overall and 13-9 in the WCC.
San Diego wasted no time, as they got right to work in the bottom of the first inning, scoring four runs on five hits. With one out, Bryson Brigman got things started with a single to left field, and Austin Bailey singled to right field, which moved Brigman to third. Jesse Jenner then drove in Brigman with a RBI single to left field, moving Bailey to second. Colton Waltner kept things going with a RBI single through the right side, scoring Bailey and moved Jenner to second. An Aiden Stinnett single then loaded the bases, and a Jerod Smith suicide squeeze bunt scored Jenner from third. Back-to-back walks to Riley Adams and Grant Melker scored the fourth run of the inning to give USD a 4-0 lead.
The Waves then took back a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Pepperdine runs came on back-to-back 2-out hits to cut the score in half at 4-2. Pepperdine then went on to score on run in the fifth, and on in the seventh to even up the score at 4-all.
This awoke the USD offense, as in the bottom half of the seventh USD went to work. The Toreros managed to score three runs on three hits. The USD runs came on a Jenner run-scoring double, a Waltner RBI single, and a Jerod Smith RBI sacrifice fly to centerfield to give USD a 7-4 lead.
USD then continued the offensive onslaught in the bottom of the eighth inning scoring three more runs to cap their scoring for the day, while Pepperdine managed to take back a pair in the ninth to put the game at its final of 10-6.
Offensively for the Toreros, Jenner led the way, as he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.
Anthony McIver (2-2) came in and picked up the win for the Toreros on the mound, as he allowed two runs on four hits in 2.2 innings of work. Pepperdine's Ryan Wilson (7-3) was saddled with the loss for the Waves, as he allowed six runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work.