April 12, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of San Diego baseball team recorded five errors which led to five unearned runs, in dropping a 10-9 decision to the University of Portland Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at Joe Etzel Field.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 24-10 overall, fall to 10-4 in the WCC and saw its seven game winning streak come to an end. With the win, the Pilots improve to 8-28 overall and improve to 2-12 in the WCC.
With the Toreros leading 9-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Portland was able to take advantage of a few USD miscues to score a pair of unearned runs, claiming the stunning victory over USD 10-9.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring, as junior left fielder Connor Joe led off the game with a solo home run to left field, giving USD a 1-0 lead.
The Pilots answered back in the bottom of the first inning, as they scored three runs on three hits. The Pilot runs came on Cody Lenahan RBI single, and Davis Tominaga sacrifice fly, and a USD throwing error to give the home team a 3-1 lead.
USD then answered back in the top of the fourth inning, scoring a pair of runs on two hits. Austin Bailey got things started with a single up the middle, and then took a two-base throwing error by the Portland pitcher. A pitch then hit Kyle Holder, and Jesse Jenner drove in both runners with a double to left field, moving the score to 3-3.
The Toreros then regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Joe got things started with an infield single, and he moved all the way to third on a throwing error by the second baseman, which also allowed Louie Lechich to reach on a fielder's choice. Back-to-back doubles by Andrew Daniel and Josh Goossen-Brown scored all three of the Toreros runs, to give USD a 6-3 lead.
The Pilots then answered with a four-run bottom of the fifth to regain the momentum and lead at 7-6. USD would then score a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, and added one more in the ninth, while Portland scored one in the bottom of the eighth to set up the stunning finish.
Offensively for the Toreros, Joe led the way, as he went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and one RBI. Daniel also had a good day at the plate, as he went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
Goossen-Brown (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits in 1.2 innings of work. J.R. Bunda (1-0) was credited with the win, as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work.
The Toreros and Pilots will resume this three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch scheduled at Joe Etzel Field.