March 18, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A late three-run rally by Columbia University (3-11) in the top of the ninth inning fell short Sunday afternoon in a cold windy non-conference baseball game at Cunningham Stadium, as the University of San Diego baseball team (17-6) held on to claim a 11-10 win.
After the Toreros took a commanding 11-7 lead heading into the top of the ninth, the Lions attempted to put together some magic. The Lions went to work and managed to scored three runs on an Alexander Aurrichio run-scoring double, a Eric Williams RBI single and a Dario Pizzano RBI single, but that is as close as they would get. USD then slammed the door shut and walked away with a 11-10 win, claiming the four-game series, 4-1.
The Lions got on the scoreboard first, as they scored three runs in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth to grab an early 6-0 advantage. But the Torero bats then exploded as they managed to scored four runs on five hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Corey LeVier Got things started as he led off with a single, and Kris Bryant then launched his first of two home runs, to push across the first two runs. Louie Lechich then kept things rolling with a single to left and he moved to third on Bryan Haar's double. AJ Robinson then singled in Lechich, and moved Haar to third. After Robinson advanced to second on a Dillon Haupt ground out to the third baseman, Austin Bailey drew a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch then scored Haar to cut the lead down to two at 6-4.
After USD scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth in a Lechich groundout, USD would take the lead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Torero runs came on a Lechich run-scoring double, which scored LeVier, who had singled, and the final run came on a Haar RBI single to give USD a 7-6 lead.
USD then exploded for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take its 11-7 lead, setting up the failed Columbia rally in the ninth.
Offensively for the Toreros, Bryant led the way as he went 3-for-5 with a double, two home run's and five RBI. LeVier also went 3-for-5, Dillon Checkal (2-for-4), Andrew Daniel (20-for-5) and Lechich (2-for-4) all had multiple hits on the evening.
Michael Wagner (1-1) recorded the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits in 1.1 innings of work. David Spinosa (0-3) was saddled with the loss for the Lions, as he allowed four runs on two hits in 1.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday, as they take on cross-town rival San Diego State in a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Tony Gwynn Stadium.