March 1, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind a 3-for-4, one home run and three RBI performance form junior outfielder James Meador, the 11th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (6-3) claimed a 6-4 non-conference win over the University of Nevada (2-5) Sunday evening in the final game of the USD Tournament at Cunningham Stadium.
The Wolf Pack jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Shaun Kort reached on a fielders choice, which scored Matt Bowman from third, who was hit by a pitch, to give Nevada a 1-0 lead.
The Toreros then answered back with a three-run bottom of the first inning. Kevin Muno led off the inning with a walk and stole second. After Steven Chatwood moved Muno to third on a ground out to the shortstop, Meador recorded his first home run of the season, a two-run blast over the left centerfield fence. The very next batter, Victor Sanchez, hit a home run in the exact same location, to cap the scoring for the inning and give the Toreros a 3-2 lead.
San Diego then tacked on another run in the second inning. Three consecutive singles by Tony Strazzara, Jose Valerio and Kevin Muno loaded the bases with one out. Chatwood then hit a RBI sacrifice fly to right field to score Strazzara and give USD a 4-2 lead.
The Toreros would then put the game out of reach in the fifth inning as they scored two runs on three hits. The USD runs came on Meador RBI single and a Sanchez RBI sacrifice fly to right field to push the San Diego lead to 6-2.
The Wolf Pack would then take back one run in each of the sixth and eighth innings to put the game at its final of 6-4.
(1-1) picks up his first win of the season as he allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out five in 5.0 innings of work. Matt Thomson
picked up his second save of the season, as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work. Nevada starter Brock Stassi (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Wolf Pack as he allowed four runs on five hits in 2.0 innings of work.
Offensively for the Toreros, Meador led the way with his 3-for-4, one home run and three RBI performance. Muno was the second USD player to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-4.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they host Western Carolina University in a 2 p.m. Game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.