Jan. 27, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Logan Gelbrich's walk-off single lifted the University of San Diego baseball team (2-0) to a thrilling 7-6 win over Cal Poly (0-2) in 10 innings Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With one out and runners on second and third in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Mustangs decided to intentionally walk Jordan Abruzzo to load the bases for the Toreros. Gelbrich then pinch hit for AJ Griffin, and he hit a RBI single to left field, allowing the Toreros to capture the three-game series over Cal Poly.
With the game knotted at 0-0, USD broke into the scoring column first as they put up three runs in the third inning. Shane Buschini led off the inning with a solo home run over the right center field fence to jump-start the Toreros offense. Kevin Hansen then singled and Mike Metzger hit a run-scoring double to left center bringing in Hansen. USD's final run of the inning came on a fielding error by Cal Poly's right fielder.
Cal Poly then took back two in the top of the fourth. The Mustangs' runs came on a Luke Yoder two-run triple to right center, cutting the deficit to one.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, USD put up another three spot on the Mustangs to give them a four-run cushion. USD's runs came on a Buschini three-run double down the left field line.
USD would hold their lead until the top of the ninth inning when Cal Poly launched a come back. The Mustangs would score four runs on six hits to put the game into extra innings. The Cal Poly runs came on a two-run homer by Brent Morel , a run-scoring double by Bryan Kepner and a Greg Swertfager RBI single. This set the stage for Gelbrich's heroics.
Freshman Griffin (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win for the Toreros as he threw one scoreless inning, allowing no hits and striking out two. Steven Fishback (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Mustangs as he allowed one run on no hits in 2.1 innings of work.
Buschini led the offense for USD going 2-for-4 with one home run, one double and four RBI. Kevin Hansen was the second Torero to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4 with one double.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they close out the three-game series with the Mustangs at 1 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium.