June 6, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 15th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team's late rally wasn't enough as the University of Hawaii held on to claim a 12-9 win over the Toreros in an elimination game at Packard Stadium in the Tempe Regional.
With the loss, the Toreros finish their season with a 37-21 overall record. With the win, the Rainbow advance on to play No.1 Arizona State University in a 6 p.m. game at Packard Stadium.
San Diego got on the scoreboard first as they pushed across one run on two hits in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Chris Engell got things started with a double down the right field line. Mike Ferraro then brought home Engell with a run-scoring bloop double to shallow left field to give USD a brief 1-0 lead.
Hawaii answered in the bottom of the first inning scoring two runs on three hits. The UH runs came on Garcia two-run double to give the Rainbow a 2-1 lead.
After Hawaii scored one run in each the third and fifth innings to take a 4-1 lead, the Toreros bats came alive in the top of the sixth inning scoring five runs on two hits. Engell led off the inning reaching on an error and moved to second when Ferraro drew a walk. Nick McCoy then reached on an error by the third baseman, which loaded the bases with no outs. Tony Strazzara reached on a fielder's choice, which pushed across Engell and moved Ferraro to third, but McCoy was thrown out at second. After Zack Kometani drew a walk to load the bases, Zack Walters reached on a fielder's choice which allowed Ferraro to score, moved Strazzara to third and Kometani was thrown out at second. Bryan Haar then drove in the next run with a single to left field. Then Kevin Muno drew a walk to again load the bases and Austin Green drove in the final two runs on a single to left field to giver USD a 6-4 lead.
The Rainbow then answered back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning. The UH runs came on a wild pitch, RBI singles by Brian Freitas and Gregg Garcia, and a ground out to give UH back the momentum and the lead at 8-6.The Rainbow then scored four runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach and give Hawaii a 12-6 lead.
USD scored three runs in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as they fell by a final of 12-9.
Offensively for the Toreros, Ferraro led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI. Strazzara also had a good day as he went 2-for-5 with two RBI and Engell also went 2-for-5 with one double and three runs scored.
Matt Hauser was saddled with the loss for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of work. Hawaii's Blair Walters was credited with the win as he allowed three runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of work.