April 3, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A six-run sixth inning broke open the game and helped propel the University of San Diego baseball team to a 12-5 non-conference series clinching win over the University of New Orleans Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 7-18 overall and have now won three of the last four games. With the loss, the Privateers fall to 2-26 overall.
With the Toreros clinging to a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Toreros decided to finally put the game out of reach as they scored six runs on six hits. Corey LeVier got things started with a stand-up double to right field. After a pitching change, Bryan Haar then doubled in LeVier and Tony Strazzara drew a walk to give USD runners at first and second with no outs. Back-to-back singles by Zach Sullivan and Julian Duran pushed across Haar and kept the bases loaded with no outs. Dillon Checkal then drew a walk to push across Strazzara for the third run of the inning and two batters and two outs later, Kris Bryant drove in the next two runs with a single to left field. Bryant then stole second and Zack Kometani drove in Bryant with a single to left field to cap the scoring for the inning and give the Toreros a commanding 12-3 lead.
The Privateers would be the first to get on the scoreboard though, as they pushed across one run on two hits in the first inning. The UNO runs came on Michael Tedesco RBI single up the middle, which scored Beau Boudreaux, who had singled, to give UNO a brief 1-0 lead.
The Toreros answered back by scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Bryant and Kometani to even things up at 1-1.
USD then took the lead in the bottom of the second inning, as they scored a pair of runs on two hits. Checkal drove in both Scott Schauer, who walked, and Sullivan, who was hit by a pitch, to give USD its first lead of the game at 3-1.
The Privateers then scored one run in the third, fourth and sixth innings, while USD scored two in the third, to keep the game close at 6-3, before the Torero bats exploded in the sixth to give USD all they would need offensively.
The Privateers then scored one run in the ninth on a Chris Geronimo RBI single to put the game at its final of 12-5.
Offensively for the Toreros, Bryant led the way as he went 2-fof-4 with a double, two RBI and four stolen bases. LeVier also had a productive day at the plate, as he went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI, while Kometani went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI.
Paul Paez (2-2) was credited with the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed one run on two hits, while striking out four in 4.0 innings of work. UNO's starter Garrett Manning (0-4) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Privateers as he allowed five runs on six hits on 2.2 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they host No. 26 UC Irvine in a 3 p.m. non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.