May 25, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Gonzaga University baseball team scored six unanswered runs to claim a 6-4 win over the fifth-ranked University of San Diego Friday afternoon in the opening game of the West Coast Conference Championship Series at Cunningham Stadium.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 41-16 overall and have lost back-to-back games against WCC opponents for the first time this season. With the win, the Zags improve to 33-23 overall.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as they took advantage of a Gonzaga masque. Justin Snyder reached on a fielding error by the left fielder and advanced to all the way to second base. Jordan Abruzzo moved Snyder up to third on a ground out to the second baseman and Shane Buschini brought in Snyder with a sacrifice fly to right field to give USD a 1-0 advantage.
San Diego then scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning on three hits. Josh Romanski got things started with a single through the right side and advanced to second on a Logan Gelbrich walk. Kevin Hansen drove in Romanski with a run-scoring double to left field and moved Gelbrich to third. Mike Metzger then drove in the final two runs with a double down the right field line to give USD a 4-0 lead.
Gonzaga then cut the lead in half in the top of the third inning scoring two runs on three hits. The GU runs came on a Shawn Wayt RBI single and a fielder's choice.
Gonzaga then scored one run in the fourth inning on a Darrin Holcomb run-scoring double, added two more runs in the fifth inning on an error and a run-scoring triple by Brandon Blank to take the lead. The final Gonzaga run came on a Evan Wells run-scoring triple to put the game at its final of 6-4.
Offensively for the Toreros, Hansen led the way as he went 3-for-4 with one double and one RBI. Shane Buschini was the only other player to record multiple hits for USD as he went 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Brian Matusz (10-3) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros, as he allowed five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. Clayton Mortensen (9-2) picked up the win for the Zags as he went the distance allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits.
The Toreros and Bulldogs will continue play in the WCC Championship series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. start at Cunningham Stadium.