April 9, 2010
San Diego, Calif.- Sophomore Zack Kometani reached base in all five of his plate appearances while junior Kyle Blair struck out eight in 7.0 innings to help the University of San Diego baseball team open up WCC play in a dominating fashion by thumping Loyola Marymount 15-2 on Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
Kometani's 4-for-4 day, including one walk, highlighted a USD (15-14, 1-0) offensive effort that generated 18 hits and scored 11 runs between the fourth and sixth innings. Kometani drove in three runs, one of which was through a solo home run to straightaway center in the bottom of the second that gave the Toreros a 2-1 lead.
The right-handed Blair (3-3), meanwhile, held the Lions (15-13, 0-1) to one earned run in 7.0 innings pitched, striking out eight against two walks to help him pick up the winning decision. After allowing the first three LMU batters of the game to reach base, one of which eventually scored, Blair settled in, limiting the 25 final Lions' batters he faced to four hits and not allowing any of them to advance past second base throughout the rest of his start.
After Kometani provided his 410-foot blast in the second, the Toreros stretched their lead to 6-1 after the fourth inning when senior Nick McCoy and junior Kevin Muno combined to drive in four runs. Kometani and senior Steven Chatwood drew back-to-back one-out walks, preceding a McCoy two-run double to left center that made it 4-1. The next batter, Muno, bested McCoy's double with a two-run home run also to left center, making it a five-run USD lead.
In the fifth, junior Tony Strazzara produced a lead-off double for the Toreros. After a Victor Sanchez walk and Kometani single to load the bases, McCoy drove in his third run of the game with a fielder's choice, plating Strazzara. Muno followed up McCoy with a two-run double while senior Chris Engell drove in the final two USD runs in the five-run inning with a single.
Muno would go on to finish the game 2-for-6 with a double, the home run, a team-leading four RBI, and two runs scored. McCoy went 1-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Engell matched Kometani's team-best four hits, while also driving in two runs.
The Toreros will continue the three-game set against LMU on Saturday, April 10th. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Cunningham Stadium.