Feb. 25, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team picked up a 6-3 non-conference win over San Diego State University Friday afternoon in the Sharp Black and Blue series-opener at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Aztecs (1-4) got on the scoreboard first, as they pushed across one run on one hit in the bottom of the first inning. The SDSU run came on a Brandon Meredith run-scoring double to left centerfield, scoring Pat Colwelll, who drew a walk, to give the Aztecs a 1-0 lead.
The Toreros (2-3) then answered back in the top of the third inning, as they scored two runs on three hits. Kalei Hanawahine led off the inning reaching on an error by the first baseman, and he moved to second on Tony Strazzara's single to left center field. Julian Duran then loaded the bases as he reached on a throwing error by the SDSU starting pitcher, and two batters later, Zack Kometani drove in the next run, on a single up the middle, and he moved to second on an error by the second baseman, which also allowed Strazzara to score form third to give USD a 2-0 lead.
Kris Bryant then added to the Torero lead in the top of the fourth, on a solo home run to left field to give USD a 3-0 advantage. Bryant then hit his second home run of the game in the top of the sixth inning, a solo shot to centerfield, pushing the Toreros lead to thee at 4-1.
The Toreros padded their lead with one more run in the top of the seventh inning, as Kevin Muno got things started with a double to left centerfield. Dillon Checkal then drove in Muno with an RBI single up the middle to give USD a 5-1 advantage.
The Aztecs took back two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-run triple by Cody Smith, to move the score to 5-3. But that is as close as SDSU would get, as USD added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, scoring one run on no hits to put the game at its final of 6-3.
Bryant was USD's offensive leader as he went 2-for-4 with two home runs and two RBI. Checkal was the only other USD player with multiple hits, as he went 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Dylan Covey (1-0) picked up his first win of the year, as he allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in 7.0 innings of work. Covey really settled down as the game went along, retiring 10 consecutive batters at one point before giving up a single to Chris Wilson in the top of the seventh inning. Chris Jensen picked up his first save of the season as he allowed no runs on no hits in 2.0 innings of work. SDSU's Ethan Miller (0-1) was saddled with the loss, as he allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits in 7.0 innings of work.
The Toreros are scheduled to return to action on Saturday in a 12 p.m. game against SDSU at Cunningham Stadium, weather permitting.