March 16, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's baseball team split Friday's doubleheader with Columbia, winning the second game 11-5 after dropping the front end 6-2.
It was a tale of two games offensively for the Toreros - except for Kris Bryant - who had three home runs on the afternoon. In the second end of the doubleheader, the Toreros (16-6) belted out 18 hits as four Toreros had at least three hits.
Columbia (3-10) got on the board first, as first baseman Eric Williams scored on Dario Pizzano's ground out to second base to take the 1-0 lead. San Diego responded in the third on Bryant's three-run, opposite field home run for the 3-1 lead. The Lions chipped away with runs in the second and third innings to even the score at 3-3, and eventually took the lead with runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the 5-3 lead.
San Diego then rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the 8-5 lead and put an end to Lions starting pitcher David Speer's afternoon. Louie Lechich tripled to score Austin Bailey, followed by Andrew Daniel's single to score Lechich to even things up at 5-5. Bryant then sent his third home run of the afternoon over the left field fence and the Toreros never looked back.
Ryan Keller (2-0) earned the win in his 0.2 innings of work. James Pazos provided a shutout inning in the seventh, and Michael Wagner earned a two-inning save, his nation-leading tenth of the season.
Lions' relief pitcher Zach Epstein (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing three hits and two earned runs in 0.2 innings.
The Toreros were led offensively by Andrew Daniel, who went 5-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI and two runs scored. Louie Lechich went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and Corey LeVier also added three hits.
The Toreros offense didn't fare as well in the morning game with just three hits offensively. Columbia's third baseman Jon Eisen led off the game with a single up the middle, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and eventually scored on an error to take the 1-0 lead. The Lions tagged on five runs on four hits in the top of the third to take a 6-0 lead.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third on Bryant's two-run home run to left field to cut the lead to 6-2, but that would be the only offense for USD until the second game of the doubleheader.
Lions starting pitcher Stefan Olson (1-2) was sharp in his seven innings of work, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Torero starting pitcher Paul Sewald (2-1) was saddled with the loss. He allowed five hits and two earned runs in seven innings.
The Toreros will look to earn the series victory over Columbia tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Cunningham Stadium.