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Regular-Season Ends With 6-5 Loss to SCU

May 13, 2007

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The sixth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team saw their 12-game winning streak and 17-game West Coast Conference winning streak come to an end on Sunday with a 6-5 loss to Santa Clara University at Stephen Schott Stadium in its final regular-season game of the season. USD will however return to action on May 25, as they host the WCC championship series at Cunningham Stadium against Gonzaga University. Game times have not yet been set.

With the loss, the Toreros finish the regular season with a program-best 41-15 overall record and an 18-3 mark in the WCC, good enough for the regular-season championship. With the win, the Broncos improve to 25-28 overall and 9-12 in the WCC.

The Broncos' Carl Bacon hit a run-scoring double in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Broncos to the 6-5 win.

Santa Clara broke into the scoring column first as they scored one run on two hits in the bottom of the third inning. The SCU run came when Matt Long reached on a fielding error by USD, which also allowed Evan LeBlanc to come across for an unearned run.

The Toreros answered back in the top of the fourth inning scoring three runs on two hits. Shane Buschini got things started with a walk and he moved to second on a Logan Gelbrich single. Sean Nicol then drove in both runners with a two-run triple to centerfield. Daniel Magness brought in Nicol for the final run of the inning with a RBI sacrifice bunt to give USD a 3-1 lead.

The Broncos then evened the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Gabe Alcantar.

The Toreros regained the lead in the top of the sixth inning on a Josh Romanski solo home run to right field to move the score to 4-3 in favor of USD.

After the Broncos scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead, San Diego evened the score in the top of the eighth inning. Daniel Magness got things started for the Toreros with a single. Kevin Muno was then inserted as a pinch runner for Magness, and he stole second. Kevin Hansen drove in Muno with an RBI single down the right field line to knot the game at 5-5.

Offensively for the Toreros, Magness, Romanski, Nicol and Hansen all recorded multiple hits on the day, with Romanski recording one home run and Nicol had a triple and two RBI.

Russell Holzhauer (2-2) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed, one run on one hit in 1.0 innings of work. Alex Rivers (2-2) picked up the win for the Broncos as he allowed no runs on one hit in 1.1 innings of work.