Jan. 30, 2004
The USD Toreros (3-1) baseball team, playing their home opener, dealt the visiting Cal State Northridge Matadors a 6-1 loss today at Cunningham Stadium before 510 fans. Senior pitcher Aaron Wilson scattered 4 hits and allowed the lone run in improving to 2-0 on the season. Joey Prast and Jose Ortega each chipped in with 2 hits each and freshman Jordan Abruzzo was 1-for-3 with a run scored and 2 RBI. The Toreros travel to Northridge tomorrow and will play the Matadors both Saturday and Sunday in 1 p.m. contests.
Wilson (2-0), who pitched six shutout innings in the team's 10-1 win over Cal Poly last week, held the Matadors scoreless through four innings before giving up the solo run in the 5th with one out. In fact, over a three-game period the Toreros' pitching staff had held opponents scoreless for 23 straight innings.
USD scored in the first inning when Tom Caple walked and moved to 2nd on Joey Prast's single. Freddy Sandoval sacrificed them over a base and Caple scored on a passed ball. USD added three runs in the 4th with Abruzzo, Keoni Ruth and Caple each getting RBI singles. The Toreros added 2 more runs in the 5th with Ortega getting an RBI single and Abruzzo adding an RBI sacrifice fly. Torero freshman Nate Boman pitched the final two innings, giving up one hit while recording 4 strikeouts.