March 3, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team's late rally came up shot, in a 5-2 loss to California Monday afternoon in a non-conference game at Fowler Park.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 8-2 overall, and saw their seven game winning streak come to an end. With the win, the Golden Bears improve to 8-2.
San Diego had the based loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, and trailing 5-2. Andrew Daniel was at the plate, and the feeling of rally came over the Toreros, but Daniel then hit the ball down the third base line, and Cal's third baseman was able to get to the ball, tag the bag, and throw Daniel out at first to end the game.
The Bears on the scoreboard first, as they pushed across five runs in the top of the third inning. The California runs came on a Devin Pearson two-run double, and RBI singles by Devon Rodriguez, Derek Campbell and Nick Halamandaris, to give the visitors a 5-0 lead.
The Toreros then got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. Connor Joe got things going with a triple to right centerfield. Then Joe scored on a wild pitch with to move the score to 5-1.
USD then added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Louie Lechich RBI single, which scored Ryan Kirby, who had singled, to move the score to 5-2.
Offensively for the Toreros, Hunter Mercado-Hood went 2-for-2 at the plate, while Jesse Jenner went 2-for-4 with a double.
Lechich (1-1) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. Cal's Kyle Porter (1-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Golden Bears, as he allowed one run on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. Lucas Erceg picked up his first save of the season, as he allowed no runs on no hits in 0.2 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday evening, as they travel across Interstate 8 to take on cross-town rival San Diego State in a 6 p.m. game at Tony Gwynn Stadium.