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Baseball COntinues Upward Movement in National Polls

April 10, 2006

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (22-12, 4-2 WCC) continued its upward movement in the national polls moving up one notch to No. 17 in the latest Rosenblatt Report top-25 poll and also made their return to the Baseball America top-25 coming in at No. 23 in the poll.

The Toreros posted a 2-1 record this past weekend to claim a three-game series with the Pilots of the University of Portland. USD opened the series with a 2-0 shutout win behind the strong pitching performance from freshman left-hander Brian Matusz. Matusz allowed no runs on four hits while striking out seven in eight complete innings of work. Matusz did not allow a single batter to move past second base during his eight inning shutout. Offensively for the Toreros, both Kevin Hansen and Ruth were the hitting hero's going 3-for-4 with Ruth adding one double. USD then captured the series on Saturday as they held off a late Portland rally to register an 8-6 win. Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way going 3-for-5 with three RBI and one double as the only Torero to record multiple hits on the day. On Sunday, the Toreros were on the losing end of a 15 inning thriller. The Pilots were able to push across one run in the bottom of the 15th inning to spoil the sweep for USD. Shane Buschini and Hansen led the offensive charge for the Toreros both going 3-for-6.

The Toreros will return to action when they open their four-game home stand with a 3 p.m. game against Cal State Northridge at Cunningham Stadium on Tuesday. The Toreros will then resume West Coast Conference play as they open a three-game series on Thursday with a 3 p.m. game against Loyola Marymount University at Cunningham Stadium. USD then plays LMU on Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. to close out the season. The games against LMU have been moved up one day to honor the Easter Holiday on Sunday.