May 24, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. --- Behind a dominating pitching performance from junior lefty Louie Lechich, the University of San Diego baseball team held off a late Brigham Young University rally to claim a 7-4 win Friday evening in the West Coast Conference Tournament.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 34-23 overall and advance onto the WCC championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m. against the University of San Francisco. With the loss, the Cougars finish the regular season at 32-21.
Lechich (4-4) had then normally potent BYU offense at bay, as he allowed just one hit going into seventh inning. He finished with allowing three runs on three hits in a career-high 6.2 innings of work, while striking out a pair of batters. BYU's Keaton Centatiempo (3-3) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Cougars, as he allowed one run on one hit in 1.1 innings of work.
Offensively for the Toreros, Lechich led the way, as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Connor Joe went 3-for-5 with one RBI.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard first, as they scored one run on one hit in the top of the second inning. Andrew Daniel got things started as he reached on an error, then moved to second on a wild pitch. Lechich then launched a RBI single to left field to score Daniel and give USD a 1-0 lead.
San Diego then added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning, as they scored three more runs. Kris Bryant led off the frame with his 31st home run of the season, setting the modern day BBCORE home run record. It was a solo shot. Two batters later, Austin Bailey singled, and then moved to third on a wild pitch. After Joe reached on an infield single, Austin Green hit a single to right field, scoring Bailey from third. Andrew Daniel then capped the scoring with an RBI single to give USD a 4-0 lead.
The Cougars finally were able to get to USD starting pitcher Lechich in the bottom of the seventh inning, as they scored three runs to pull to within one. The BYU runs came on a Jaycob Brugman solo home run and a Kelton Caldwell 2-run homer to move the score to 4-3.
USD then came right back in the top of the eighth inning and scored a pair of insurance runs. The USD runs came on a Lucas Hagberg run-scoring double and a AJ Robinson bases-loaded walk to take a 6-3 lead.
BYU then took back a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Caldwell sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Brugman, who had doubled, to move the score to 6-4.
San Diego then added another insurance run in the top of the ninth on a Lechich RBI single to right field, which scored Joe, who had singled, to put the game at its final of 7-4.