March 25, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team (16-8, 4-2) scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally back for a 6-3 win over UNLV (17-8) Monday evening at Fowler Park.
The Rebels starter Mark Shannon had silenced the Toreros batters for the first six innings, but after the first three USD batters reached base in the seventh the Rebels were forced to go to their bullpen and the Toreros capitalized for a huge five run inning.
UNLV was able to score an unearned run in each of the first two innings. In the first frame after T.J. White reached on a bunt single, he advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Toreros' starter Louie Lechich. White would come in to score on a RBI single by DH Mark Shannon.
In the top of the second, leftfielder Justin Jones reached on an error by second basemen Austin Bailey. Jones would advance to third after a Lechich balk and a Matt McCalister infield single. The Rebels Joey Armstrong knocked Jones in on a two out single to left field to give UNLV an early 2-0 lead.
The Toreros cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth inning after first baseman Connor Joe launched a home run over the left field wall.
The Rebels answered right back with another unearned run in the top of the fifth. McCalister led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line off Lechich. Rich Hill then turned to Wes Judish, who got the next two batters out. However, Judish's third batter, Brandon Bayardi reached on an error by third basemen Logan Davis which allowed McCalister to score. Lechich wound up giving up three runs, all unearned, in his four innings of work.
With Judish keeping the Rebels off the basepaths, it gave the Toreros an opportunity to mount a comeback. In the bottom of the seventh after the first three Toreros reached, the Rebels turned to Kenny Oakley in the bullpen. Rich Hill countered with pinch hitter A.J. Robinson and it paid off. Robinson drove in two runs with a single to right centerfield to tie the game at 3-3. Junior All-American Kris Bryant rocketed the next pitch to left field for a RBI double to give the Toreros their first lead of the game at 4-3. The Toreros would tack on two more insurance runs in that inning with RBI from Connor Joe and Andrew Daniel.
The Toreros bullpen shined in this one, allowing just three hits over five innings of work. Wes Judish (1-1) earned his first win of the season after tossing three scoreless innings. Max Homick earned his second save of the season after pitching the last 1.2 innings.
The Rebels starter Mark Shannon (3-1) absorbed the loss after allowing four runs, four walks, and seven hits in six innings of work. The Toreros will play their fifth game in five days tomorrow when they travel to Cal State Northridge for a 3:00 p.m. game.
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