March 5, 2010
SAN DIEGO - The University of San Diego baseball team fell by a final of 6-0 to No. 23 University of Kentucky Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.
The Toreros drop to an overall mark of 4-6, while Kentucky improves to 8-1 on the 2010 season.
Saddled with the loss, starting pitcher Sammy Solis (2-1) pitched 4.1 innings for the Toreros, giving up four earned runs on six hits while striking out five. Lefthander Logan Darnell (2-0) twirled a complete game for Kentucky, throwing nine shut-out innings in which he did not allow an extra base hit. Darnell needed just 90 pitches, 70 of which crossed the plate for strikes, to shut down the Toreros.
Five of the six Kentucky runs would come in the top of the third inning. With one out, starting pitcher, Solis hit Wildcat Neiko Johnson, who would then move in to scoring position by stealing second. Second baseman Chris Bisson on a single to center field advanced Johnson to third. Solis, with runners at the corners, would grab the second out of the inning by retiring the very next batter on a liner to short but could not close out the third, surrendering a 2 RBI double to the very next batter in Marcus Nidiffer.
Kentucky would go on to score four more runs, tallying five hits in the inning. The Wildcats at one point would have the bases loaded, with shortstop Taylor Black at the plate. The Toreros had a chance to get out of the inning and limit the damage done, but a costly error pushed another run across, leaving the Toreros in the hole 5-0.
USD fell victim to an offensive drought, producing no runs on eight hits. Nick McCoy, Tony Strazzara, and Victor Sanchez provided six of the eight hits, garnering two singles each. The Toreros would have the lead-off man on base seven of nine innings but would only get as far as second base each time.
Kentucky managed to pick up an additional insurance run against Torero closer, Matt Thompson
, in the top of the ninth, shutting the door on a possible Torero rally. The Wildcats put the lead-off man on in Andy Burns, who was then bunted over by Nidiffer. With two outs, the Cats' Gunner Glad for his fourth hit of the game, singled to left field, allowing Burns to cross the plate and almost certainly seal the victory for the visitors.
Offensively, the Wildcats were led by Glad, who was 4-of-5 and had 2 RBI. Nidiffer also chipped in with 2 RBI of his own while Wiley grabbed two hits and an RBI.
The Toreros will return to Cunningham Stadium this Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest against Monmouth.