May 13, 2006
SAN DIEGO - Despite an 11-7 win over Gonzaga University (28-22, 9-11 WCC) on Saturday afternoon, the University of San Diego Toreros (31-22, 12-8 WCC) were eliminated from the WCC race based on tie-breaker scenarios with Pepperdine and San Francisco. USD and Gonzaga will end their WCC seasons with a single game at Noon on Sunday. The Bulldogs will then host Washington State and Lewis-Clark State at Avista Stadium next week.
The Toreros struck first for the second day in a row as San Diego scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first against GU starter Clayton Mortensen. Keoni Ruth scored the first run on an error by Mortensen attempting to throw out a runner at first base. Shane Buschini drove home the second run with an RBI single.
Scott Campbell doubled to lead off the Bulldogs fourth and came around to score following a series of USD errors to cut the Toreros lead in half. Ruth extended San Diego's lead to 4-1 with a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth.
Gonzaga again trimmed the lead in half in the fifth on a Jackson Brennan RBI single. Gonzaga tied the lead in the top of the seventh as Aaron McGuinness drove home one run with an RBI double and Brennan had a sacrifice fly for the other.
San Diego answered in the bottom of the seventh scoring one run on a wild pitch and another on a Kevin Hansen single through the left side. USD tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Josh Romanksi and a two run single by Hansen.
Ryan Wiegand and Dustin Colclough combined to drive home three runs in the ninth on back-to-back doubles as the Bulldogs fell short in making a second straight ninth inning rally to beat USD. Gonzaga won Friday's opener with a big ninth inning.
Anthony Slama was credited with the win, improving to 2-0. Matt Fields was tagged with the loss for GU falling to 0-1.
Ruth and Buschini led all players with three hits for USD. Gonzaga was led by Zach Woodward and Wiegand with two base knocks each.