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Baseball Holds Steady and Moves Up in National Rankings

Feb. 19, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - After the University of San Diego baseball team posted a 3-1 record against Virginia Commonwealth University this past week, the Toreros held steady at No. 18 in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll and move up one spot in the Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll to No. 21.

USD picked up three hard fought wins over the Rams this past week as the first two games, which were split, both went into extra innings. Thursday's game went 11 inning-game that was continued on Friday because of darkness with USD claiming the win on a Shane Buschini run-scoring double, and Friday's game went 10 innings with the Rams taking home the win. Saturday's game turned into a slugfest with USD coming out on top, 20-13 and Sunday's game was all-USD as the Toreros captured the series with an 8-2 victory.

For the weekend, Justin Snyder was a solid force at the plate for the Toreros as he went 9-for-19 with one double, one stolen base, two RBI and six runs scored. Snyder began the series 0-for-9, the bounced back going 8-for-8 including a 5-for-5 performance in Saturday's slugfest. Daniel Magness also proved to be problem for the Rams' pitching staff as he had his best weekend of the season going 7-for-15 with one double, five RBI and three runs scored.

The Toreros also received solid pitching from Brian Matusz, who threw seven innings allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out 10 batters in a no decision on Friday. Matt Couch picked up the win for USD on Saturday as he threw 7.0 innings allowing three runs on six hits while striking out a career-high nine batters. Couch allowed his three runs over the first two innings, then retired 14 of his next 15 batters to close out his outing with a 17-run cushion, thanks to the USD offense.

The 18th-ranked Toreros will return to action on Friday as they begin a three-game series with Wake Forest University. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium.