March 10, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team dropped their final game of the USD Tournament on Sunday evening, falling to Michigan 5-2 at Fowler Park.
The game started off quiet for both teams offensively until Michigan (8-7) managed to scrape together the first run of the ball game, scoring on a wild pitch by USD reliever Wes Judish in the top of the fifth. Torero starter Max MacNabb was putting together a solid outing (0 R, 2 H, 3 K) when he issued a leadoff walk to Kevin White to start the fifth inning. The Wolverines sacrificed White over to second, who then moved to third on a groundout to second base. MacNabb was then relieved by Judish, whose first pitch bounced passed catcher Austin Green and allowed White to score, giving Michigan a 1-0 lead.
The Toreros (11-6) had an opportunity to put up a run in the bottom of the sixth when Chris Woolley drew a walk to lead off the inning. He would go on to get picked off between first and second right before Dillon Haupt ripped a double into the left-center gap that likely would have scored Woolley and tied the game.
USD used a hit-by-pitch, Michigan fielding error and a walk to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, pinch-hitter AJ Robinson delivered a two-strike single through the right side that plated Andrew Daniel and Green and put the Toreros ahead 2-1.
The lead wouldn't last long, however, as Michigan rallied back in the top of the eighth with four runs to take a 5-2 lead. A fielding error by USD pitcher Trevor Bayless on a sacrifice bunt attempt helped extend the inning for the Wolverines as all four Michigan runs came across unearned in the inning. The big blows came with back-to-back two-out RBI hits by Michael O'Neill and Travis Maezes.
With two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth and USD trailing 5-2, Haupt connected for a long drive to left that was caught at the warning track, ending the game.
Connor Joe led USD with a 3-for-4 day at the plate.
Bayless (1-1) took the loss with his 2.0 innings of work where he allowed four runs (0 ER) on three hits while striking out two and walking two.
Matt Ogden (1-0) picked up the win for the Wolverines, throwing 1.1 innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out three while walking one.
The Toreros return to action on Thursday, Mar. 14 when they open their first West Coast Conference series of the season against BYU at Fowler Park. First pitch for game one is set for 6 pm.