Feb. 19, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind an offensive explosion that saw senior second baseman Chris Engell go 4-for-5 with three RBI and a triple, the 19th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team opened the season in stylish fashion with a 16-10 win over the University of Indiana Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
San Diego (1-0) wasted no time in scoring as in the first inning they scored four runs on two hits. Kevin Muno led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Nick McCoy was hit by a pitch. Engell then moved each runner up a base with a bunt infield single to load the bases. Two batters later, Bryan Haar launched a grand-slam over the left centerfield fence to give USD the 4-0 early advantage.
After the Hoosiers took back a run in the top of the third, USD responded with three of their own in their half of the inning. Tony Strazzara led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on Brian Farris' sacrifice bunt. Muno then hit an infield single bunt, which moved Strazzara to third. On the same play, the Indiana pitcher committed a fielding error which allowed Strazzara to come across the plate and allowed Muno to reach second. McCoy did the rest of the damage with a two-run blast over the left field fence to give USD a 7-1 lead.
Indiana would then score two runs in the third on an Alex Dickerson two-run homer, which scored Micha Johnson, who had singled, to cut the lead to 7-3.
But that is as close as the Hoosiers would come, as the Toreros continued its offensive onslaught scoring three runs in the sixth and putting the game out of reach with five more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap USD's scoring for the day, and giving the Toreros a 16-4 lead.
The Hoosiers made things interesting in the top of the ninth, as they scored six runs on six hits, but it wasn't enough as the Toreros held on to claim a 16-10 victory.
Offensively for the Toreros, Engell led the way with his 4-for-5 performance, while Haar also looked impressive as he went 2-for-5 with one home run and five RBI.
AJ Griffin (1-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros looking impressive, as he allowed four runs on six hits while striking out eight in 6.0 innings of work. Indiana's Blake Monar (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Hoosier as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on six hits in 3.1 innings of work.
The Toreros and Hoosiers will resume their four-game series on Saturday with a double-header. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.