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Regular-Season Comes to an End with an 11-Inning Loss to UCR

May 17, 2006

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Jaime Pedroza's walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the UC Riverside Highlanders to a 9-8 come-from-behind non-conference win against the University of San Diego baseball team Tuesday afternoon at the Riverside Sports Complex.

With the loss, the Toreros conclude the regular-season with a 32-23 overall record and have won seven of their last 10 games. With the win, UC Riverside improves to 27-21 overall.

UC Riverside was able to load the bases in the bottom for the 11th inning, and with two outs, Pedroza was able to slip a ball through the right side to lift UCR to a one-run victory.

With USD trailing 4-3 heading into the eighth inning, the Toreros exploded for a five runs on two home runs in the inning to regain the lead at 8-4. Ryan Lilly led off by getting hitting by a pitch and he moved to second on Josh Romanski's walk. Shane Buschini then rocketed his fifth home run of the season over the right field fence to give USD back the lead at 6-4. After Justin Snyder walked, Steve Singleton hit a bomb over the right field fence pushing the Toreros lead to four.

The Highlanders used a four-run ninth-inning rally to put the game into extra innings. UCR's runs came on a Bret Bigler sacrifice fly to center field, a Hollingsworth RBI single, a Nick Salotti RBI single and a Drew Garcia RBI single to center field.

The Toreros would score one run in each of the first, third and fifth innings to round out the USD scoring for the day.

Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder led the way going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Scott Denault (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing one run on one hit in 1.1 innings of work. Daniel Stange (2-2) picks up the win for the Highlanders allowing one run on one hit in 3.1 innings of work.

This concludes the Toreros' regular-season and they will wait for the NCAA selection committee's decision on if USD will receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show will air on ESPN on Memorial Day at 9:30 a.m.