April 11, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -The University of San Diego baseball team used a seven run fourth to pull ahead and cruise its way to a 12-2 win over the University of Portland Friday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at Joe Etzel Field.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 24-9 overall, move to 10-3 in the WCC and have now extended its winning streak to seven. With the loss, the Pilots fall to 7-28 overall and fall to 1-12 in the WCC.
With USD leading 3-1 heading into the top of the fourth, the Torero offense exploded to score seven runs on four hits, breaking open the contest. Austin Bailey got things started with a single to centerfield, and he moved to second on a balk. After a Kyle Holder single moved Bailey to third, Jesse Jenner was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ben Wylly then hit a 2-run single to left field to give USD its first two runs of the inning. Hunter Mercado-Hood then laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman, moving Jenner to third and Wylly to second. After Connor Joe was intentionally walked to load the bases, Louie Lechich hit the ball to the second baseman, who in turned committed an error, allowing Jenner to score, and each runner to move up a base, and Lechich to safely reach first. Andrew Daniel then did the rest of the work, as he launched his first grand slam of the season over the left field fence to cap the scoring for the inning, with USD leading 10-1.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring, as they pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, and added in one more run in each of the third, fifth, and eighth innings to round off their scoring for the day. Portland scored one run in both the second and fourth innings to put the game at its final of 12-2.
Offensively for the Toreros, Daniel led the way, as he went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, a double and five RBI. Joe went 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 16.
PJ Conlon (5-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed two runs on six hits in 8.0 innings of work. Portland's Davis Tominaga (1-4) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Pilots, as he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings of work.
The Toreros and Pilots will resume this three-game series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch scheduled at Joe Etzel Field.