March 7, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior All-American pitcher Brian Matusz went eight innings allowing one unearned run, while striking out 12 to help lead the 11th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (6-6) to a 7-2 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State University (8-2) Friday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.
USD wasted no time in scoring as they put up one run on one hit in the first inning. Kevin Muno got things started as he reached on an error and he moved to third on Sean Nicol's double to left field. Josh Romanski then drove in Muno with a groundout to the second baseman to give USD a 1-0 lead.
San Diego then added one run in the third on a Victor Sanchez sacrifice fly to right field and added in another run in the fifth on a Nicol RBI single up the middle to move the score to 3-0.
The Toreros then put the game out of reach in the sixth inning as they scored two more runs on three hits. Sanchez led off the frame with a single to left field and he advanced to second on an Anthony Strazzara ground out to the third baseman. Steve Kaupang then drove in Sanchez with a RBI single to second base. Jose Valerio was inserted as a pinch runner for Kaupang, and James Meador then drove in the next two runs with a two-run double to left center to give USD a 5-0 cushion.
The Cowboys spoiled the shutout in the eighth inning as they scored one unearned run on a Jordy Mercer RBI single.
USD would score two more runs in the eighth inning on a fielding error by OSU to round off the scoring for the Toreros.
Offensively for the San Diego, Nicol led the way as he went 2-for-3 with one RBI as the only Torero to record multiple hits on the day.
Matusz (2-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he fell one strikeout shy of tying a personal-best of 13 strikeouts. OSU's Tyler Lyons was saddled with the loss for the Cowboys as he allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they host the defending National Champion Oregon State University Beavers in an 11 a.m. game at USD's Cunningham Stadium