March 9, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Daniel Magness' bases-loaded walk-off single lifted the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball (14-8) team to a thrilling 7-6 win over the University of Michigan (5-3) in a non-conference game Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With the Toreros trailing 6-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, USD was looking for some more Cunningham Stadium magic, and they got it. Kevin Hansen led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch and he moved to second when Josh Romanski drew a walk to give USD runners at first and second with no outs. Then with two outs, Jordan Abruzzo delivered his third two-out RBI single of the game to cut the lead to one and moved Romanski to third. Abruzzo then was one foot of first base and the Wolverines attempted to pick him off, only the throw from the pitcher was low and flew behind the first baseman to allow Romanski to come across for the tying run and moved Abruzzo all the way to third base. Then back-to-back intentional walks to Shane Buschini and Logan Gelbrich set the stage for Magness. Mangess hit a rocket shot through the left side to give USD the come-from-behind victory.
USD, for the fifth consecutive game, scored a run in the first inning. Romanski got things started with a walk and moved to second on a balk. After Romanski moved to third on a Nicol ground out, Abruzzo brought in Romanski with a RBI single to center field to give USD a 1-0 lead.
The Wolverines then evened the score in the top of the fourth inning on a Zach Putnam run-scoring double.
Buschini then gave USD back the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as he launched his team-leading sixth home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field fence, moving the score to 2-1.
Michigan then scored five runs over the next four innings to take a commanding 6-2 lead. The Michigan runs came on a wild pitch, a Doug Pickens RBI single, an Adam Abraham RBI single, a Brad Roblin run-scoring double and a Kenny Fellows sacrifice bunt.
San Diego cut the lead in half in the seventh inning, scoring two runs on two hits. Hansen led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a Romanski single to right field. Each runner advanced one base on a Nicol ground out and Abruzzo then brought both runners in with a two-run single to right field.
Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way with his 3-for-5, four RBI performance. Both Magness and Nicol went 2-for-5 as the only other USD players to record multiple hits.
Russell Holzhauer (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he allowed no runs on one hit in 0.2 innings of work. Ben Jenzen (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Wolverines as he allowed three runs, two earned, on one hit in 0.2 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they head to Petco Park to play the University of Oklahoma in the first game of a double header with San Diego State and Michigan playing in the nightcap. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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