No. 17 San Diego Breaks Out With 12-6 Win
Feb. 10, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Justin Snyder went 5-for-6 with five singles Saturday as the No. 17 San Diego Toreros defeated the USC Trojans, 12-6, in nonconference action at Dedeaux Field. The Toreros hammered out 20 hits on the afternoon with everyone in the starting lineup getting at least one hit.
San Diego (6-2) evens the series at a game apiece as USC falls to 4-3 overall.
Shane Buschini went 3-for-5 for the Toreros while James Meador went 2-for-5 with three RBI. AJ Griffin (2-0) earned the win in relief with five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Anthony Vasquez (0-2) lasted five innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on 10 hits for the Trojans. San Diego starter Josh Romanski gave up four runs on five hits in four innings of work.
A night after picking up his first collegiate save, Trojan freshman Robert Stock (Westlake Village/Agoura HS) showed off his power at the plate with a pinch-hit, two-run homer to right center for his first collegiate home run. Right-hander Anthony Encinas pitched in the ninth for the Trojans, making his first appearance after missing the entire 2006 season with an elbow injury.
With two outs in the top of the first and runners and first and second, Logan Gelbrich hit a ground ball that Green was unable to field cleanly at short. James Meador then followed with a two-run single to left for the early 2-0 lead for the Toreros.
USC was able to get the two runs back in the bottom of the inning. Cusick and J.J. Owen both walked with two outs and Bowden hammered a two-run double off the fence in left. Both teams traded a run in the second with Snyder getting an RBI single for the Toreros while Green singled up the middle for the Trojans' run.
In the USC third, Bowden was hit by a Romanski pitch before advancing to third after Hector Estrella's double off the fence in right center. With a drawn-in infield, Gemoll singled to left to give USC the 4-3 advantage.
San Diego put runners at first and third with one out in the fourth. Jordan Abruzzo lifted a fly ball to shallow left, but USC center fielder Nick Buss was able to make the catch and throw a strike to home to get Daniel Magness for the 8-2 inning-ending double play.
Vasquez got into trouble in the fifth when back-to-back singles by Buschini and Gelbrich and a hit batter (Mike Metzger) loaded the bases. Magness fisted a two-run single to right and a heads-up play by Metzger on the throw from the outfield allowed three runs to score as San Diego led, 6-4.
The Toreros broke the game open with four runs in the sixth off reliever Shawn Olsen, adding another run in the seventh.
The series concludes tomorrow at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego, beginning at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
USD 210-034-110---12-20-0USC 211-000-200---6-10-4
WP - Griffin (2-0) LP - Vasquez (0-2)T - 3:26 ATT - 554Records: San Diego (6-2), USC (4-3)
Romanski, Griffin (5) and Gelbrich.Vasquez, Olsen (6), Dunn (6), Zelenay (7), Encinas (9) and Bowden