June 3, 2006
FULLERTON, Calif. - In what turned out to be the wildest game of the season, the University of San Diego baseball team (33-24) scored seven runs on one hit in the bottom of the eighth inning to hold on for a 19-12 win against Saint Louis University (32-29) to remain alive in the NCAA Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field Saturday afternoon. The Toreros will now await the loser of the Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State University game this eveninig to see who they will square off against in an elimination game at 4 p.m. tomorrow evening at Goodwin Field
After Saint Louis was able to rally from a 10-0 deficit to knott the score at 12-12 after seven and a half innings, the Toreros once again dug in and were able to score seven runs on one hit. After Daniel Magness led off with a walk, Mike Lugo came in to pinch run for Magness and stole second. David Harris then walked and Shane Buschini laid down a sacrifice bunt down the third base line. Buschini reached first on a throwing error by the third baseman, which allowed him to move to second and brought Lugo in for the go-ahead run. Kevin Hansen drove in Harris on a sacrifice fly to center field for run No. 2. The Toreros would then load the bases with back-to-back walks by Justin Snyder and Josh Romanski. Steve Singleton then walked to bring in the third run of the inning. The next three runs came on Jordan Abruzzo's three-run double down the left field line. Lugo then brought Abruzzo across as he hit a ball to the shortstop, who inturn committed a throwing error allowing Lugo to safely reach first and capping the scoring for the day.
Abruzzo was the offensive hero for the Toreros as he went a perfect 5-for-5 with three home runs, one double, one single and eight RBI. Abruzzo just needed a triple to hit for the cycle. With the three home runs Abruzzo set a new USD single-game home run record and tied a single-game home runs hit record at Goodwin Field. Abruzzo's eight RBI is also a new USD single-game record.
USD's second big inning came in the second inning as they scored six runs on five hits. Daniel Magness got the ball rolling with a stand-up double to left field. After Shane Buschini moved Magness to third on a single through the right side, Kevin Hansen brought Mangess home with a suicide squeeze bunt down the first base line. USD's next three runs came on back-to-back home runs, a two-run shot by Justin Snyder and a solo shot by Josh Romanski, which was his second in as many days. Steve Singleton walked and Jordan Abruzzo launched the third home run of the inning over the right field fence to give USD a 7-0 lead.
After USD pushed the score to 10 runs, Saint Louis made a monstrous come back in the fifth inning as they scored eight runs on seven hits. SLU's runs came by way of a two-run double by Greg Rodgers, a two-run double by Ziggy Moore, a RBI single by Matt Mach and a two-run double by Jon Guyre, a RBI single by Ryan Crespi to pull within two at 10-8.
Saint Louis would add four more runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the score at 12-12, which set the stage for USD's seven-run eighth inning.
Romanski (5-4) picked up the win for the Toreros allowing four runs on three hits in 2.1 inninigs of relief work. Eric Mueller was saddled with the loss for the Bilikins as he allowed seven runs, five earned, on one hit in 0.2 innings of work.