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Baseball Leaps Into Top-25

Feb. 5, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - After stunning the college baseball world, yet again, the University of San Diego baseball team has leaped back into the top-25 checking in as high as No. 17 in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll and also checking in at No. 18 in the Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll.

The Toreros took 2-of-3 against the Longhorns in Round Rock, Texas at Dell Diamond this past weekend. On Friday, USD posted a 6-0 win over the Longhorns, thanks in large part to another masterful performance on the mound from sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz. Matusz allowed one earned run on five hits in 5.2 innings of work, while striking out eight. USD then fell 13-8 in game two on Saturday, before claiming the series on Sunday, 2-1, in stylish fashion. With the Toreros trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the seventh inning, USD didn't panic as they simply got jumpstarted by Justin Snyder's stand-up double down the right field line. The very next batter, Jordan Abruzzo, then crushed his first offering from the Texas starting pitcher, James Russell, over the left field fence and into the upper deck of the stadium to give USD their first two runs of the game and a 2-1 lead. In the top of the ninth inning, Shane Buschini then cracked another two-run homer over the left field fence to give USD the 4-1 win.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they travel to Los Angeles to begin a three-game series with the USC Trojans. Friday's game is set for a 6 p.m. start. Saturday's game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and Sunday's game will be at USD's Cunningham Stadium at 1p.m.