April 10, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. - A late University of San Diego baseball rally fell short in an 11-6 decision to No. 24 Gonzaga University in a West Coast Conference game Sunday afternoon.
With the Toreros trailing 11-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning, USD put on its rally caps and pushed across four runs on two hits. Back-to-back walks to Julian Duran and Dillon Checkal followed by a Kevin Muno single up the middle loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the ninth inning. Kris Bryant then provided the offensive sparks with a grand slam to left field to push across all four runs of the inning. USD could muster up no more runs, thus leaving the game at its final of 11-6.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 7-22 overall, 0-3 in the WCC and have now lost four straight games. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 19-9-1 overall and 3-0 in the WCC.
Gonzaga got on the score board first, as they pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning, followed by the big blow of six runs in the bottom of the second inning. The six runs in the second inning came on a RBI fielder's choice, a USD fielding error, a Royce Bollinger RBI ground out, a wild pitch and a two-run Clayton Eslick double to give GU a 9-0 lead.
Gonzaga then scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, and USD would score one run in the top of the eighth on a Scott Schauer RBI single to round off the scoring for the game.
Offensively for the Toreros, Bryant led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one home run and five RBI. Muno and Schauer also had productive days as they went 2-for-5.
Dylan Covey (1-3) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed nine runs, seven earned, on four hits in 2.0 innings of work. Gonzaga's Marco Gonzales (5-2) was credited with the win, as he allowed one run on six hits in 6.2 innings of work.
USD will return to action on Tuesday as they host Point Loma Nazarene University in a 3 p.m. non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.