March 8, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind a walk-off RBI single by Victor Sanchez in the first game and an offensive explosion in game two, the University of San Diego baseball team swept a double-header against Monmouth University Monday afternoon at USD's Cunningham Stadium.
With the wins, the Toreros snapped a three-game losing skid and evened its record at 6-6. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-4 on the young season.
In the first game, with the score knotted at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning in a scheduled seven-inning game, the Toreros were able to rally and score one run to claim the win. Nick McCoy got things started with a walk and was replaced by Matt Moynihan as a pinch runner. Moynihan stole second, and with two-outs things got exciting at Cunningham Stadium. The Hawks elected to intentionally walk James Meador which brought Sanchez to the plate. Sanchez then hit a single through the left side, scoring Moynihan from second, to lift the Toreros to victory.
In the second inning, the Hawks pushed across the first runs of the game, as they scored a pair of runs on two hits. The MU runs came on a Danny Avella run-scoring double and a wild pitch.
San Diego then began to chip away at the lead as a pair of solo home runs, one by Tony Strazzara in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the other by Kevin Muno in the bottom of the fifth innings evened the score, setting up the thrilling finish to the game.
Offensively for the Toreros, Strazzara led the way as he went 1-for-2 with a home run and one RBI.
Kyle Blair (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out five in a 7.0 innings of work. Monmouth's Kyle Breese (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Hawks as he allowed three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of work.
In game two, the Toreros got their bats going. USD scored first as they scored one run in the bottom of the third inning. Bryan Haar got things going with a single through the left side and he moved to third on a Mike Ferraro double to right field. Steven Chatwood then drove in Haar to give USD the 1-0 lead.
Monmouth then took the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth inning, as they scored on a Bobby Dombrowski RBI single and the second run came when Dombrowski was picked off going to second and Jamie Rosenkranz then stole home to give MU a 2-1 lead.
It was all Toreros after that, as USD took back two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Strazzara RBI single and a Kalei Hanawahine RBI infield single.
After USD scored another run in the bottom of the seventh inning, they put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth scoring four runs on five hits. The Torero runs came on RBI singles by Hanawahine and Haar, a fielding error, and a bases-loaded walk to put the game at its final of 8-2.
Offensively for the Toreros, Strazzara, Haar and Hanawahine all went 2-for-4 at the plate with Hanawahine recording two RBI and Haar and Strazzara each drove in one run.
On the mound for the Toreros, starter Darrin Campbell had his best outing of the season in a no-decision. Campbell allowed no runs on three hits, while striking out six in 5.0 innings of work. Reliever Chris Jensen (1-0) picked up the win for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on two hits in 1.0 innings of work. Matt Hauser picked up his first save of the season as he allowed no runs on no hits in 2.0 innings of work. Monmouth's Pat Light (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Hawks as he allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday evening as they travel to play UC Irvine in a 6 p.m. game at Anteater Ballpark.
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