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Toreros Claim WCC Regular-Season Championship With 3-1 Win

May 11, 2007

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The sixth-raked University of San Diego baseball team claimed the regular-season West Coast Conference championship outright and the right to host the WCC Championship series on Memorial Day Weekend with a 3-1 win over Santa Clara University Friday evening at Stephen Schott Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros have set a new program record for single-season victories with 40 as they move to 40-14 overall. USD has now run their overall winning streak to 11 and their WCC winning streak to 17. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 24-27 overall and 8-11 in the WCC.

USD got another dominating pitching performance from sophomore left hander Brian Matusz (10-2), as the Cave Creek, Ariz. native picked up his 10th win of the season. Matusz finished the game allowing one run on five hits, while striking out 11 batters. With the 11 strikeouts, Matusz has become the new single-season leader at USD for strikeouts with 152.

Freshman right hander AJ Griffin also etched his name into the USD single-season record books as he picked up his ninth save of the season, tying him for second all-time with Tom Caple.

The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as they took advantage of a Broncos miscue to score one unearned run on two hits. With two outs, Daniel Magness got things started as he reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, and he moved to second on a Josh Romanski single to left field. Logan Gelbrich drove in Magness with a RBI single up the middle to give USD a 1-0 lead.

The Broncos answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Carl Bacon got things started for SCU with a double to centerfield, and moved to third on a Evan LeBlanc ground out to the pitcher. David Hoffmaire then brought in Bacon with a run-scoring double down the right field line to even the score at 1-1.

San Diego regained the lead in the top of the sixth inning scoring two runs on one hit. Shane Buschini led off the inning with a walk and he moved to second when Gelbrich was hit by a pitch. After Sean Nicol loaded the bases with a walk, Kevin Hansen drove in two runs with a single to centerfield to put the game at its final of 3-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Hansen led the way as he went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Four other Toreros recorded one hit to round off the five team hits in the game.

Nate Garcia (4-6) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Broncos, as he allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros and Broncos will return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they continue the three-game series.