Jan. 28, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind solid pitching from Ricardo Pecina, Anthony Slama and AJ Griffin, the University of San Diego baseball team (3-0) completed a three-game sweep of Cal Poly (0-3), 4-1, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.
Pecina (1-0) threw six scoreless innings allowing no runs on six hits, while striking out three in picking up his first win of the season. Slama came in for 2.0 innings of work, allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out two and Griffin pitched the ninth inning allowing one run on one hit.
San Diego broke into the scoring column first as they scored one run in the third inning on two hits. Josh Romanski got things rolling with a single down the right field line, then stole second. Jordan Abruzzo drove in Romanski on a double to center field to give USD the early edge.
The game remained a pitching dual, until USD gave themselves some more breathing room in the sixth inning as they scored three runs on one hit. USD began the inning with Abruzzo and Shane Buschini leading off with back-to-back walks. Cal Poly then switched pitchers, and James Meador laid down a bunt to the pitcher, who in turn threw Abruzzo out at third, but Buschini advanced to second and Meador reached first safely. Daniel Magness then struck out swinging, and both Buschini and Meador stole one base to give USD runners at both second and third with two outs.
USD's first run came on a balk by the Cal Poly pitcher, allowing Buschini to come across the plate and advance Meador to third. Logan Gelbrich then walked and stole second to again give USD runners at third and second with two outs. Kevin Hansen then drove in both Meador and Gelbrich with a two-run single to give USD a 4-0 advantage.
Cal Poly spoiled the shutout in the ninth inning as they scored one run on a Bryan Kepner sacrifice fly to center field.
Abruzzo led the USD offense as he went 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI.
Thomas Eager took the loss for the Mustangs as he allowed three runs on three hits, while striking out seven in 5.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they travel to Round Rock, Texas to play a three-game series with the fourth-ranked Texas Longhorns at Dell Diamond.