March 11, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind a season-high 21 hits, the University of San Diego baseball team cruised to a 15-7 win over the University of San Francisco in a non-conference game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.
Offensively for the Toreros, Steven Chatwood led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one home run and four RBI. Mike Ferraro and Victor Sanchez both had productive days at the plate for the Toreros, as they each went 3-for-4 with a double and Ferraro drove in a pair of runs, while Sanchez drove in one run. Zach Walters nearly hit for the cycle, as he went 3-for-4 with one double, one triple and two RBI.
The Dons wasted no time in scoring as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first inning on a Stephen Yarrow two-run homer, one run in the second on a wild pitch and tacked on two more runs in the top of the third on run-scoring doubles by Yarrow and Ryan Kipkin.
The Torero bats then woke-up as San Diego would score seven runs on eight hits in the bottom of the third inning to take control of the momentum. With two outs, the rally began with a Walters solo home run over the right centerfield fence. Mike Ferraro then ripped a double down the right field line to keep things rolling. Sanchez drove in Ferraro with a RBI single through the left side and he advanced to second on a Nick McCoy single through the left side. Chatwood then drove in Sanchez with a single to centerfield, which also moved McCoy to second base. Tony Strazzara brought in the next two runs with a two-run double to left field, tying things up at 5-5. After Kevin Muno, who pinch hit for Matt Moynihan, drew a walk to load the bases, James Meador drove in Strazzara with a RBI single through the right side for the sixth run of the inning, and Kalei Hanawahine then laid down a RBI bunt single to cap the scoring for the inning and give USD a 7-5 advantage.
After USF scored a run in the fourth, USD would answer back with a run in the fifth, then the Dons took back a run in the top of the sixth inning to move the score to 8-7. But the Torero bats came alive again in the bottom of the sixth inning, as they pushed across six runs on six hits to out the game out of reach. The Torero runs came on Walters run-scoring triple, a Ferraro two-run homer and a Chatwood three-run blast to give USD a 14-7 lead.
USD would cap the scoring for the day in the bottom of the seventh inning as a bases-loaded hit by pitch put the game at its final of 15-7.
Sam Wolff (1-0) was credited with the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed two runs on two hits in 1.0 innings of work. USF's Alex Kalogrides was saddled with the loss for the Dons as he allowed three runs on three hits in 0.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they host the University of Alabama-Birmingham in a 2 p.m. game at Cunningham Stadium.