April 9, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind another solid offensive output and a solid pitching performance from freshman left-hander Sammy Solis, the 13th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team cruised their way to a 7-2 win over visiting UC Riverside Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 24-11 overall and have now run their winning streak to five games. With the loss, the Highlanders fall to 9-18 overall.
The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they did most of their scoring damage in the first inning scoring four runs on three hits. Sean Nicol got things started with a walk and moved to second on a Josh Romanski single to right field. James Meador loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch and Logan Gelbrich drove in Nicol with a RBI single to left centerfield. Kevin Hansen drove in the second run with a bases-loaded walk and the final two runs came on a Jose Valerio two-run single up the middle to give USD a 4-0 lead.
The Highlanders then began to chip away at the lead as they scored one run in each of the next two innings on a Joey Gonzales RBI single in the second inning and a Drew Garcia run-scoring double in the third inning to cut the deficit in half.
The Toreros then began to put the game out of reach as in the sixth inning Valerio launched his second home run in as many weeks, a solo shot over the right centerfield fence, to give USD a 5-2 lead. The final two USD runs came on a Romanski RBI single through the left side in the seventh inning and a Romanski bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning to put the game at its final of 7-2.
Offensively for the Toreros, Valerio led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one home run and three RBI. Gelbrich, Nicol and Romanski all went 2-for-4 at the plate with Romanski recording two RBI.
Solis (2-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he allowed two runs on eight hits, while striking out seven in 6.0 innings of work. Ryan Platt (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Highlanders as he allowed four runs on three hits in 3.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to the Pacific Northwest to play the University of Portland in a 3 p.m. West Coast Conference game.