March 19, 2008
HONOLULU, HI - The 19th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team used a six-run first inning along with a solid pitching performance from All-American left-hander Josh Romanski to propel the team to a 6-1 win over the University of Hawaii Tuesday evening in a non-conference game.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 14-8 overall and have run their winning streak to six. With the loss, the Rainbows fall to 7-13 overall.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring as they put up six runs on four hits in the first inning. Kevin Muno led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Sean Nicol was hit by a pitch. Victor Sanchez loaded the bases with a single through the left side and USD's first run came when Josh Romanski reached on fielding error by the first baseman to give USD a 1-0 lead.
Anthony Strazzara drove in the next two runs with a single through the left side. After a James Meador sacrifice bunt moved Romanski to third and Strazzara to second, Kevin Hansen drove in Romanski with a RBI single through the left side. Logan Gelbrich then drove in the fifth run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and the final run of the game came on a Zach Walters RBI single up the middle to give USD a comfortable 6-0 lead.
The Rainbows spoiled the shutout for the Toreros in the bottom of the sixth inning as they pushed across one run on a bases-loaded fielder's choice with one out to cut the deficit to five at 6-1.
Offensively for the Toreros, Gelbrich led the way with his 2-for-3 and one RBI performance. Both Hansen and Walters went 2-for-4 as the only other Toreros to record multiple hits on the day.
Romanski (3-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed one run on four hits, while striking out six in 7.0 innings of work. AJ Griffin came on in the eighth inning and closed out the game as he struck out four of the seven batters he faced allowing no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday as they play a double-header with Harvard at USD's Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.