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Bats Explode As USD Claims WCC Championship

May 27, 2007

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind another explosive offense performance as well as a dominating pitching performance from the WCC Championship Series Most Outstanding Pitcher, Matt Couch, the fifth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team cruised to a 13-1 win over Gonzaga University Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

The Toreros, who had already earned the right to host the NCAA Regionals next week at SDSU's Tony Gwynn Stadium, will learn the remainder of the four-team Regional on Monday morning at 9:30 on ESPN's "Road to Omaha' selection show to be aired live on ESPN.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 43-16 overall and have remained undefeated when playing in the WCC Championship Series, having picked up WCC Tournament wins in the 2002 and 2003 seasons. With the loss, the Bulldogs conclude their season with a 33-25 overall record.

USD Dog Pile after AJ Griffin struck the third and final out of Championship Game.

Couch tossed a gem for the Toreros, as the junior from Sacramento, Calif. allowed one run on five hits in 6.0 innings of work. At one point, Couch had retired seven consecutive batters, as he improves his record to 9-2. Freshman ace closer AJ Griffin picked up his 11th save of the season allowing no runs on one hit, while striking out four in 3.0 innings of work.

USD once again pounded out 15 hits, led by senior first baseman Daniel Magness' 4-for-4 and three RBI performance. Justin Snyder, the WCC Championship Series Player of the Series, was also dominate as he went 3-for-5 with one RBI.

The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead in the first inning scoring one run on two hits to take a 1-0 lead. The Zags' runs came on Winston RBI single, which scored Evan Wells, who had singled.

It was all USD after that as the Toreros responded in their half of the first inning putting up three runs on four hits. The USD runs came on a Josh Romanski run-scoring double, a Magness RBI single and a Logan Gelbrich sacrifice fly to right field.

After USD scored one more run in the second, the majority of the Toreros' scoring damage was done in the third inning, as the team put up five runs on five hits. Romanski got things started with a single to left field, and he moved to third on Magness' single down the right field line. After Magness stole second, Kevin Hansen drove in the first two runs with a single deep into center field. Hansen then stole second and Sean Nicol drove in Hansen with a single to right field, that also advanced him to second base. Mike Metzger walked and Snyder drove in Nicole with a double to left field. The final run came on a wild pitch by the Gonzaga relief pitcher to put the game out of reach at 9-1.

San Diego would score three runs in the fifth inning and one more in the seventh to round off the scoring for the day.

Gonzaga starter Josh Monroe (6-4) was saddled with the loss for the Bulldogs as he allowed eight runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings of work.