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NCAA Baseball Recaps

June 1, 2008

San Diego - 5
Long Beach State - 1

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Junior left-hander Ricardo Pecina dominates on the mound to help propel the University of San Diego baseball team (43-16) to a thrilling 5-1 win over Long Beach State University (38-21) on an elimination game Sunday afternoon at Blair Field.

The Toreros will now play Fresno State at 5 p.m. tonight in another Elimination game at the Long Beach Regional.

Pecina (6-4) picked up the win after having one of his best outings of the season, allowing one run on six hits, while striking out eight in 7.0 innings of work. AJ Griffin recorded is his 14th save of the season, which gave him the new single-season record for saves. Vance Worley (7-4) was saddled with the loss for the Dirtbags as he allowed two runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings of work.

The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they pushed across one run on three hits in the first inning. Kevin Muno led off the inning with a bunt infield single, then moved to second on a throwing error by the LBSU first baseman. Two batters later, Sean Nicol rocketed a RBI single to right field to give USD their first run of the game.

San Diego then doubled its lead in the top of the third inning, scoring one run on two hits. Muno got things started with a single up the middle and moved to third on a Josh Romanski single to left field. Nicol then drove in Muno from third on a safety sacrifice bunt down the first baseline to give USD a 2-0 lead.

The Dirtbags then took back one run in the bottom of the third inning on three hits. Jason Tweedy got things started with a single and moved to third on a Jordan Casas double. Jonathan Jones then hit a double down the left field line, which scored Tweedy from third, and Casas attempted to round third and headed for home, only to be thrown out and retire the side, moving the score to 2-1.

The Toreros then broke open the game in the top of the ninth inning, scoring three runs on three hits. Logan Gelbrich led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a Victor Sanchez double down the left field line. With one out, the Dirtbags elected to intentionally walk Romanski to load the bases. Then with two outs, James Meador hit a two-run single to left field to give the Toreros three-run advantage at 4-1. Kevin Hansen ten hit a slow roller to the LBSU shortstop, who in turn overthrew the first baseman, allowing Romanski to score from third and moved Hansen to second and Meador to third and put the game at its final for 5-1.

Offensively for the Toreros, Meador led the way as he went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Muno, Hansen and Romanski all recorded two hits on the day as well.

San Diego - 15
Fresno State - 1

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Freshman right-hander Kyle Blair tossed a gem and the Torero bats exploded for 13 hits to help the University of San Diego baseball team save off elimination and advance to the regional final with a 15-1 victory over Fresno State University Sunday evening in the Long Beach Regional at Blair Field.

With the win, the Toreros set a new program record with their 44th win of the season, moving to 44-16 overall, and have advanced to the regional final for the first time in program history. USD will now play Fresno State at 6 p.m. on Monday in the regional final at Blair field to determine who will advance to the Super Regional round. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 39-28 overall.

Blair (7-2) pitched one of the best games of the season, as he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and allowed one run on four hits, while striking out nine in 7.0 innings of work. With the nine strikeouts, Blair has set a new freshman record with 99 strikeouts on the season. Fresno State's Justin Miller (7-5) was saddled with the loss as he allowed six runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of work.

For the second consecutive game, the Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they scored one run on two hits in the first inning. Kevin Muno led off the game with a single and moved to second on a Josh Romanski single to left centerfield. After Sean Nicol drew a walk to load the bases with no outs, James Meador drove in Muno with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to give USD a 1-0 lead.

San Diego then exploded to score four runs on three hits in the bottom of the second inning. Jose Valerio got things started with a single, then Logan Gelbrich launched a two-run homer over the left centerfield fence for the first two runs and no outs. Muno then drew a walk and moved to third on a Romanski single up the middle. After Nicol drew a walk to load the bases, Meador drove in Muno with a sacrifice fly to right field for the third run of the inning and the final run of the inning came on a Kevin Hansen RBI sacrifice bunt down the first baseline to give USD a 5-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning the Toreros pushed the lead to three. With two outs, Gelbrich got things started with a walk and moved to second when Kevin Muno was hit by a pitch. After Romanski was walked to load the bases, Nicol drew an RBI walk to give USD a 6-0 lead.

USD then tacked on three more runs n the bottom of the fifth inning. The Torero runs came on Nicol sacrifice fly and a Kevin Hansen two-run single to right centerfield to push the Torero lead to 9-0.

The Bulldogs spoiled the shutout for the Toreros in the top of the seventh inning on a Danny Muno RBI single to left field to move the score to 9-1.

USD then scored one unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Romanski RBI single, moving the score to 10-1 in favor for the Toreros.

USD would then add on five more runs in the eighth in a Valerio RBI single, a two-run Muno single and a two-run Meador triple to right centerfield.

Offensively for the Toreros, Romanski led the way as he went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Ryan Davis also had a outstanding day as he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and one run scored and Meador went 1-for-4 with four RBI and one triple.

Stanford - 13
Pepperdine - 1

STANFORD, Calif. - The #19 Pepperdine baseball team dropped a 13-1 decision to Stanford on Sunday night in the first game of the Regional Championship Series at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.

Pepperdine (38-20) and Stanford (36-22-2) will now face off on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the winner of that game advancing to the Super Regionals. Stanford advanced to face the Waves after defeating UC Davis 8-4 on Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinal took control of the game from the outset, as Jason Castro launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first and the Cardinal added another run on a sac fly to make it a 4-0 contest after just one inning.

Stanford tacked on another run in the second inning on a solo homer from Toby Gerhart, extending the Stanford lead to 5-0.

The Cardinal would blow the game open in the fourth inning, scoring six runs to push the lead to 11-0.

Pepperdine would get on the board in the sixth inning on a solo homer from Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) to make the score 11-1, but that would be the only run the Waves would score on the night.

Stanford added a pair of runs in the seventh to make the score 13-1, and the teams went scoreless the last two frames, making the final score 13-1.

Pepperdine starter Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) took the loss for the Waves after allowing seven runs over 3.2 innings of work, while Stanford starting pitcher Danny Sandbrink tossed a complete game to improve to 2-1.

Aidem led the Waves with a 2-for-4 effort, while four other Waves notched one hit apiece. Gerhart led the Cardinal with a 4-for-5 performance with three runs scored.

Pepperdine and Stanford will now face off on Monday, Jun. 2 at 1 p.m. at Klein Field for the right to advance to the Super Regionals.