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Baseball Moves Up In National Rankings

April 23, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team has moved up in the latest national polls to as high as No. 16 in the latest Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll. The Toreros have also moved up two spots in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll to No. 17 and are up to No. 19 in the latest Rivals.com top-25 poll.

San Diego posted a 3-1 record this past week. USD began the week with a tough 6-4 loss to cross-town Rival San Diego State University, but rebounded to sweep the Lions of Loyola Marymount University to move their West Coast Conference win streak to nine and into a tie for first place in the WCC.

In Tuesday's loss to the Aztecs, Shane Buschini led the way with his 2-for-3, one double, one triple and one RBI performance. Both Kevin Hansen and James Meador also had a good day at the plate as they went 2-for-4 with Hansen coming around to score two runs.

In the first game on Saturday, Josh Romanski turned in yet another dominating performance as he went the distance, surrendering one unearned run on seven hits, while striking out five. Jordan Abruzzo tied the all-time career leader in hits with his 2-for-5 one RBI performance. Justin Snyder also had a solid day at the plate as he went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

In game two on Saturday, Brian Matusz was nothing short of brilliant on the mound as he allowed one run on five hits, while striking out eight. Offensively, Abruzzo became the all-time hits leader at USD with his 3-for-6, two doubles and two RBI performance and Daniel Magness was another solid force at the plate as he went 4-for-6 with one double and one RBI.

In Sunday's game, Magness led the way with his 3-for-5 three RBI performance. Sean Nicol also went 3-for-5 and Mike Metzger had a big day as well, going 2-for-3 with one triple and two RBI.

The 16th-ranked Toreros will return to action on Friday as they begin a pivotal three-game WCC series with No. 13 Pepperdine University at Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.