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WCC Baseball Recaps

Jan. 27, 2007

San Diego - 7 (10)
Cal Poly - 6

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Logan Gelbrich's walk-off single lifted the University of San Diego baseball team (2-0) to a thrilling 7-6 win over Cal Poly (0-2) in 10 innings Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

With one out and runners on second and third in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Mustangs decided to intentionally walk Jordan Abruzzo to load the bases for the Toreros. Gelbrich then pinch hit for AJ Griffin, and he hit a RBI single to left field, allowing the Toreros to capture the three-game series over Cal Poly.

With the game knotted at 0-0, USD broke into the scoring column first as they put up three runs in the third inning. Shane Buschini led off the inning with a solo home run over the right center field fence to jump-start the Toreros offense. Kevin Hansen then singled and Mike Metzger hit a run-scoring double to left center bringing in Hansen. USD's final run of the inning came on a fielding error by Cal Poly's right fielder.

Cal Poly then took back two in the top of the fourth. The Mustangs' runs came on a Luke Yoder two-run triple to right center, cutting the deficit to one.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, USD put up another three spot on the Mustangs to give them a four-run cushion. USD's runs came on a Buschini three-run double down the left field line.

USD would hold their lead until the top of the ninth inning when Cal Poly launched a come back. The Mustangs would score four runs on six hits to put the game into extra innings. The Cal Poly runs came on a two-run homer by Brent Morel , a run-scoring double by Bryan Kepner and a Greg Swertfager RBI single. This set the stage for Gelbrich's heroics.

Freshman Griffin (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win for the Toreros as he threw one scoreless inning, allowing no hits and striking out two. Steven Fishback (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Mustangs as he allowed one run on no hits in 2.1 innings of work.

Buschini led the offense for USD going 2-for-4 with one home run, one double and four RBI. Kevin Hansen was the second Torero to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4 with one double.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they close out the three-game series with the Mustangs at 1 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium.

Nevada - 6
Saint Mary's - 5

Moraga, CA - For the second consecutive game the Saint Mary's baseball team found it selves clawing back from a deficit. This time the Gaels were unable to secure the victory as they fell in game two to Nevada by the score of 6-5 Saturday afternoon from Louis Guisto Field. Freshman Anthony Alliotti continued to stay hot at the plate banging out a pair of hits. After the day the Gaels drop to 1-1 on the year.

The Gaels jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after the first frame but the Wolf Pack dropped five runs in the sixth to take a 5-1 lead. Freshman Randy Wells knocked in Eric Cattoni with a single to right field.

The young SMC squad once again showed some resolve and climbed back into the contest with three runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth.

Freshman Kyle Jensen drove in the first run of the rally on a double that was bobbled by the left fielder which enabled Alliotti to score. Cattoni then singled up the middle to bring in Jensen. Sophomore Joel Staples rounded out the inning with a single up the middle that drove in Cattoni.

The Gaels tacked on one more in the eighth when Alliotti struck again. The newcomer banged a single to right-center that brought in pinch-runner Cory Miller.

The Wolf Pack responded in the top of the ninth when Nick Sansone drove in Chris Siewart on a single down the right field line.

Kody Keroher earned the win after tossing 1 2/3 innings of 1-hit relief with two strikeouts. Junior Alex Jensen was tagged with the loss after allowing a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings.

The Wolf Pack plated five runs in the sixth with four runs being charged to SMC starter Brandon Berl. Jimmy Munill allowed the big hit on a pinch hit 3-run home run over the right field wall by Shaun Kort.

Cattoni and Alliotti led the Gaels at the plate. Cattoni batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and three stolen bases. Alliotti also batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.

Berl allowed seven hits, four hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. Nevada starter Rod Scurry tossed six innings and allowed one run on two hits with four Ks.

Saint Mary's will face off against Nevada in the rubber match of the three-game set on Tomorrow at 1 p.m. The third game of the series will mark the first radio broadcast on the season for SMC with access available at 12:45 p.m. on SMCGaels.com.

Hawai'i - 5
Santa Clara - 4

Story coming soon.