March 13, 2014
PROVO, Utah -
The 25th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team pounded out 14 hits en route to a 14-7 win over Brigham Young University in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams Thursday evening at Miller Park.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 12-4 overall, move to 1-0 in the WCC, and run their winning streak to four. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 7-12 overall and 0-1 in the WCC.
The Cougars got on the scoreboard first, as they pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. The BYU runs came on a Kelton Caldwell 2-run homer to right field, giving the Cougars a brief 2-0 lead.
The Toreros then evened the score up in the top of the second inning. Josh Goossen-Brown got things rolling, when he drew a lead-off walk. Goossen-Brown then moved to second on a Brandon DeFazio ground out, then Kyle Holder launched his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field, moving the score to 2-2.
San Diego then exploded in the top of the third inning, scoring four runs on three hits. Back-to-back walks to Connor Joe and Andrew Daniel got things started, then Troy Conyers unleashed a 2-run double to right field which scored Joe and Daniel. Ben Wylly then drove in Conyers with a RBI single to right field, and Defazio drove in Wylly with an RBI single to left field, giving USD a 4-2 lead.
San Diego would then go on to score one run in the fourth and sixth innings, and put the game completely out of reach in the top of the seventh with a five-run inning, highlighted by a Joe grand slam, and they added in one more run in the top of the ninth to cap their scoring for the day. BYU would take back five runs in the bottom of the ninth to put the game at its final of 14-7.
Offensively for the Toreros, Joe led the way, as he went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and four RBI. Daniel also went 2-for-3 with a double, to run his hitting streak to 15.
PJ Conlon (3-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed two runs on nine hits, while striking out seven in 8.0 innings of work. BYU's Desmond Poulson (3-2) was saddled with the loss for the Cougars, as he allowed seven runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday, as they resume this three-game WCC series with BYU in a 1 p.m. game at Miller Park.