March 26, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team (16-9) dropped an 8-4 non-conference decision to Cal State Northridge (11-12) Tuesday afternoon.
Northridge managed to get on the scoreboard first, as they pushed across one run on one hit in the bottom of the second inning. The CSUN run came on a Mercado RBI ground out to the shortstop, which scored Ring, who had singled to move the score to 1-0.
After Northridge scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, USD finally managed to get on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh inning. AJ Robinson got things started when he reached on a fielder's choice, and he moved to second on a wild pitch. Andrew Daniel then drew a walk and Louie Lechich hit a run-scoring double down the left field line to score Robinson, moving Daniel to third. Logan Davis was then intentionally walked, and Austin Bailey drove in the second run when he grounded out, to even the score at 2-all.
CSUN then score two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and four more in the bottom of the eighth to take a commanding 8-2 lead. In the top of the ninth inning, USD attempted a late rally, as they scored two runs on a Bailey 2-run double, but that is as close as they would get, leaving the game at its final of 8-4.
Offensively for the Toreros, Lechich led the way, as he went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI. Bailey also had a productive day at the plate, as he went 1-for2 with one double and three RBI.
Trevor Bayless (2-2) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work. CSUN's Cohen (1-1) was credited with the win as he allowed two runs on two hits in 1.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they begin a 3-game series with No. 2 Oregon State University at Fowler Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.