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Toreros Drop Series Opener to Aztecs, 5-2

AJ Griffin.

Feb. 25, 2010

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team dropped a 5-2 decision to San Diego State University Thursday evening at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

The Toreros (3-3) got on the scoreboard first as in the top of the third inning, Victor Sanchez hit a towering home run over the left field fence to record the first hit, base runner and run of the game, and give USD the 1-0 lead.

The Aztecs (2-4) then responded with one run of their own in their half of the third inning to even the score at 1-1. The SDSU run came on a Mitch Blackburn RBI bloop single to center field, scoring Chris Wilson, who had walked.

SDSU then took the lead in the bottom of the sixth, as Cory Vaughn hit a solo home run over the left field fence to move the score to 2-1.

The Aztecs added on three more runs on a three hits in the bottom of the seventh inning to take all the momentum. The SDSU runs came on a Josh Chasse three-run home run over the left field fence to move the score to 5-1.

The Toreros then took back a run in the top of the eighth inning. Steven Chatwood got things started with a stand-up double to left center field, and Kalei Hanawahine, who pinch hit for Kevin Muno, drove in Chatwood as he reached on an error by the third baseman to put the game at its final of 5-2.

Offensively for the Toreros, Sanchez led the way as he went 1-for-3 with one home run and one RBI.

AJ Griffin (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros after tossing an impressive game, as he struck out the first six batters he saw, and allowed four runs on five runs hit in 6.0 innings of work. SDSU's Addison Reed (1-1) picked up the win as he allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in a complete game effort, while also striking out 11 batters.



The Toreros and Aztecs will return to action on Friday at 2 p.m. as they series moves to Cunningham Stadium.