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Baseball Ascends to Program-Best No. 6 National Ranking

May 7, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team has ascended to a division I program-best No. 6 national ranking in the latest baseball America top-25 poll. This is the surpassing the previous high of No. 8 from the 2006 season. The Toreros have also moved up to No. 7 in the latest Rivals.com top-25 poll.

The Toreros posted another undefeated week going 4-0 picking up wins over both Pepperdine and a three-game sweep over the University of San Francisco this past weekend. USD began the week with a nationally televised game on CSTV against Pepperdine and completed a three-game sweep over the Waves with a convincing 7-3 win. In that game, Daniel Magness led the offensive charge for USD with his 2-for-5, one double and two RBI performance. Shane Buschini was the only other batter to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Matt Couch picked up the win on the mound as he allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work. AJ Griffin picked up his eighth save of the season as he allowed no runs on two hits in 3.0 innings of work.

On Friday, the Toreros picked up a 2-1 win over the Dons with a bases-loaded walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning by Jordan Abruzzo. The Toreros received another dominating performance from Brian Matusz on the mound as he allowed one run on seven hits in 8.0 innings of work. Griffin picked up his sixth win of the season allowing no runs on one hit in 1.0 innings of work. Offensively for the Toreros, Buschini led the way going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Abruzzo was the only other USD player with multiple hits as he went 2-for-5 with one RBI.

On Saturday, the Toreros won a wild one, as they fell behind 9-0 in the fourth inning, then rallied to score nine runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning, which kick started 19 unanswered runs to claim a 19-9 win. Offensively for the Toreros, every batter USD sent to the plate recorded at least one hit and all represented one run scored. Buschini was the offensive hero for the Toreros as he went 4-for-6 with one double and three RBI. Kevin Hansen also had a solid day at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with one RBI.

The Toreros concluded the week with an 8-2 win over USF. Couch picked up his career-high eighth win of the season as he allowed one run on six hits, while striking out five in 7.0 innings of work. Offensively for the Toreros, Romanski led the way with his 3-for-5 and three RBI performance. Buschini also recorded three hits going 3-for-4 with two RBI.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday with a non-conference game against No. 13 UC Irvine at USD's Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.