March 11, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The University of San Diego baseball team held on to claim a 9-7 win over Vanderbilt University in the rubber game of a three-game non-conference series Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 13-4 overall, claim the three-game series, and have now won seven of their last eight games. With the loss, the Commodores fall to 5-10.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring, as they pushed across one run in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back walks by Lucas Hagberg and Andrew Daniel got things rolling. Two batters later, Bryan Haar drove in Hagberg with a run-scoring double to centerfield to give USD a 1-0 lead.
After USD added on another run in the top of the second inning, the Commodores would cut that lead in half. The Vanderbilt run came on a Connor Harrell RBI single, which scored Connor Castellano, who led off the inning with a double, to move the score to 2-1.
USD then exploded for six runs in the top of the third inning. Haar got things rolling as he drew a walk and he moved to second when Corey LeVier was hit by a pitch. Dillon Haupt then launched a three-run home run to left field. Connor Joe kept things going with a single and he moved to second on a Louie Lechich walk. Austin Bailey then drove in the next two runs with a double down the left field line, and he moved to third on a pass ball. Jon Hotta then brought in Bailey on a RBI sacrifice bunt t give USD an 8-1 lead.
The Commodores then scored one run in the fourth, added in four in the fifth and one in the sixth inning to cut the lead down to one. San Diego then looked for some insurance runs, and they got just that in the top of the eighth inning on a Corey LeVier RBI single to put the game at its final of 9-7.
Offensively for the Toreros, Haupt led the way, as he went 2-for-4 with one home run and three RBI. Kris Bryant Also had a productive day at the plate, as he went 3-for-5 with one run scored and one double.
James Pazos (4-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed two runs on three hits in 2.0 innings of work. Michael Wagner then came on and picked up his nation-leading ninth save of the season, as he allowed no runs on no hits in 3.0 innings of work. Sam Selman (0-3) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Commodores, as he allowed seven runs on five runs in 2.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they host Indiana in a 3 p.m. game inside the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium.