April 5, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 19th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team was dealt a 6-2 West Coast Conference loss to Gonzaga University Thursday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
The Toreros (23-8, 5-2 WCC) got on the scoreboard first, as they managed to push across one run on two hits in the bottom of the first inning. Corey LeVier got things started as he drew a walk. Dillon Haupt then singled, which moved LeVier to second, and Bryan Haar drove in LeVier with an RBI single up the middle to give USD a 1-0 lead.
Gonzaga (20-7, 3-1 WCC) then answered back in the top of the third inning, as they scored two runs on three hits. The GU runs came on a Maxx Garrett two-run single up the middle, scoring Clayton Eslick, who singled, and Alex Stanford, who also singled, to give the Zags a 2-1 lead.
After Gonzaga added one more run on a Royce Bolinger solo home run in the fifth, the Toreros managed to take back one run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Torero run came when Haar hit into a double play, scoring Kris Bryant, who had doubled, to move the score to 4-2.
The Bulldogs then took advantage of a USD fielding error to push across to unearned runs in the top of the ninth to put the game at its final of 6-2.
Offensively for the Toreros, Haar led the way, as he went 2-fo-4 with two RBI. Bryant and Haupt also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Calvin Drummond (6-2) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed four runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work. Gonzaga's Tyler Olsen (4-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs on seven hits in 9.0 innings of work. Olsen also threw over 140 pitches on the afternoon.
The Toreros and Bulldogs will return to action on Friday at 3 p.m. as they continue this three-game series at Cunningham Stadium