May 26, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski tossed a gem and the Toreros pounded out 21 hits to lift the fifth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to a 13-5 win over Gonzaga to even the West Coast Conference Championship Series Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium. The two teams will now play a rubber game on Sunday at 3 p.m. to determine the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals to be held next week.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 42-16 overall and force a rubber game on Sunday with the Zags. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 33-24.
Romanski (9-2) picked up the win in stylish fashion , as the Team USA honoree tossed another gem. Romanski allowed five runs, two earned, on six hits, while striking out eight in 7.0 innings of work. Romanski was also effective with his bat, as the two-way star picked up one hit and one RBI.
As a team, the Toreros pounded out 21 hits, the second most this season only trailing the 22 hits they put up against the USC Trojans. Jordan Abruzzo led the team with his 4-for-6, three RBI performance. Justin Snyder and Logan Gelbrich both went 3-for-5 with two RBI to help lead the offense. Every starting position player that was sent to the plate recorded at least one hit and one RBI.
San Diego did most of their scoring damage in the top of the seventh inning as they pushed across six runs on six hits. Romanski got things started with a single up the middle and moved to third on Gelbrich's single through the left side. Kevin Hansen drove in Romanski with an RBI sacrifice bunt down the first baseline. Gelbrich then moved to third on a wild pitch and Sean Nicol pushed across Gelbrich with an RBI single up the middle.
Mike Metzger kept things rolling with a single to center field, which moved Nicol to third. Snyder then loaded the bases with a walk and Abruzzo pushed across the next two runs with a single. The Bulldogs then elected to intentionally walk the WCC Player of the Year, Shane Buschini, to again load the bases and Daniel Magness made them pay with a RBI single through the left side. Romanski then pushed across the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to right field to give USD a 11-4 advantage, and putting the game out of reach.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard fist as they pushed across one run on two hits in the bottom of the second inning. The GU run came on a Shawn Wayt RBI single up the middle, scoring Ryan Weigand, who had singled.
San Diego responded with two runs in the top of the third inning. The Toreros' runs came on a Gelbrich two-run double to left field to give USD a 2-1 win.
After USD scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a three-run lead, the Bulldogs came back to even the score with a three-run fourth inning. The Zags' runs came on a USD fielding error and a Mike Terry two-run single. The Zags would score one more un in the seventh inning to round off their scoring for the day.
Brandon Harmon (6-8) was saddled with the loss for the Bulldogs as he allowed nine runs on 15 hits in 6.1 innings of work.