March 19, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball saw its late rally fall short for a second consecutive day, in a 4-3 loss to Washington State University Wednesday evening in a non-conference game at Fowler Park.
The Cougars (8-9) got on the scoreboard first, as they pushed across one run in the top of the second inning. The WSU run came on Michael Monda RBI single to right field, which scored PJ Jones, who had singled, to give the visitors a brief 1-0 lead.
The Toreros (14-6) then responded with a two-run bottom of the second inning. Josh Goossen-Brown got things started with a solo home run to left field. Hunter Mercado-Hood was then hit by a pitch, and he moved to second on a wild pitch. After Mercado-Hood moved to third on a groundout, he would come home on a wild pitch to give USD a 2-1 lead.
WSU then came back and tied things up in the top of the six on a RBI double by Yale Rosen, and regained the lead in the top of the seventh on a Luke Stratman RBI single.
After WSU scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth, USD put on their rally caps and went tow work. With runners at the corners, Goossen-Brown hit an RBI single to left field, scoring Andrew Daniel, who had singled, to put the game at its final of 4-3.
Offensively for the Toreros, Goossen-Brown led the way, as he went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.
Wes Judish (0-2) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings of work. WSU's Kellen Camus (2-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Cougars, as he allowed no runs on two hits in 2.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday, as they resume West Coast Conference action with a 6 p.m. game against Loyola Marymount.