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Baseball Jumps back Into Top-25

April 9, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team has jumped back into the top-25 after posting a 3-0 sweep over Saint Mary's College this past week. USD is ranked as high as No. 21 in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll and checks in at No. 24 in both the Collegiate Baseball top-30 and Rivals.com top-25 polls.

The Toreros picked up wins by scores of 4-2, 2-0 and 11-1 in Moraga, Calif. In game one, San Diego got another dominating pitching performance from Brian Matusz on the mound. Matusz took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, retiring his first nine batters before hitting a batter, then retired the next three batters before Eric Musgrove broke up the no-hitter with a single. Matusz allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out 10 batters in his first complete game of the season. Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder went a perfect 3-for-3 before popping out to the shortstop in his last at bat to finish 3-for-4 with one double and three runs scored to lead the USD offense.

On Saturday, Josh Romanski threw a two-hit gem to help lead USD to a 2-0 win. Romanski allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out a career-high nine batters and only walking one batter in his first complete game his career. Snyder continued his hot play at the plate as he went a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored.

On Sunday, the Toreros bats came alive as they scored 11 runs on 11 hits in a 11-1 win. Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Nicol also went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Snyder was the third USD player to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-5.

The 21st-ranked Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they host UC Riverside in a 3 p.m. game inside the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium. USD will be throwing left-hander Ricardo Pecina (4-3, 3.80) against UCR's Dan Runzler 2-6, 6.22 ERA.