March 4, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The 24th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team dropped an 8-5 decision to cross-town rival San Diego State University Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 8-3 overall, suffering their first back-to-back losses of the season. With the win, the Aztecs improve to 9-3.
After the Aztecs got on the scoreboard first by pushing across one run in the bottom of the first inning, they would do a bulk of their damage in the bottom of the third inning, scoring six runs on five hits. The SDSU runs came on a Ty France 2-run single, a bases-loaded Taylor Adkinson walk, a passed ball and a Andrew Brown 2-run single to give SDSU a 7-0 lead.
The Toreros then began to chip away at the lead and finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning, scoring two runs on two hits. Jesse Jenner got things started when he reached base on a strikeout wild pitch. He moved to second on a Brandon DeFazio single, before a Josh Goossen-Brown single to left field, scored both Jenner and Defazio, to move the score to 7-2.
USD would then go on to score a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning, while SDSU scored one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the game at its final of 8-5.
Offensively for the Toreros, Defazio led the way as he went 2-for-2, while five other Toreros recorded one hit a piece.
Ryan Olson(0-1) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings of work. SDSU's TJ Kendzora (1-0) picked up the win, as he allowed three runs on three hits in 4.2 innings of work.
San Diego will return to action on Friday, as they travel to Stillwater, Okla., to take on Oklahoma State University in a 4:30 p.m (PT) game.