SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The No. 19 USD baseball team (26-9) beat No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (23-12) 11-6 Tuesday evening at the Lake Elsinore Diamond to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games. The Toreros jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings and never looked back; all nine Toreros recorded at least one hit.
After scoring just four combined runs in the first two games against the Titans, the Toreros erupted for five first innings runs. Colton Waltner got things going with an RBI single to left to score Hunter Mercado-Hood, who led off the game with an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Brhet Bewley then hit a bases loaded three-run double to right center. Jeff Houghtby followed with an RBI single up the middle for the Toreros' fifth run of the inning.
The Titans scored their first two runs in the top of the fifth without a hit. Carl Burdick walked three Titans and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch. Sean Barry relieved Burdick, entering the game with the bases loaded and the Titans would score one more on an RBI fielder's choice.
Fullerton added two more runs in the sixth inning when Niko Pacheco laced a two-run double down the left field line.
The Toreros got back on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kevin Collard hit an RBI infield single with the bases loaded. Two batters later, Roman Garcia, who doubled, came in to score on a wild pitch.
Jonathan Teaney walked two batters and hit another to load the bases in the top of the eighth, prompting Coach Hill to bring in his stopper, Troy Conyers. He would give up a two-run double to pinch-hitter Jake Pavletich before striking out the next two batters.
The Toreros threw five pitchers in the game, who combined for 15 strikeouts. Freshman lefty Chris Murphy, typically a weekend starter, got the start for the Toreros. He threw just one inning, retiring the side in order with two strikeouts. Carl Burdick (2-1) pitched the next 3.1 innings, he allowed just one hit, but walked five batters on his way to his second win of the year. Sean Barry gave up two runs and struck out four in 1.2 innings, before giving way to Jonathan Teaney, who allowed two runs in 1.1 innings. Conyers finished the final 1.2 innings, notching three strikeouts.
The Toreros continue WCC play on Thursday when they begin a three game home series against BYU in a match-up between the conference's top two teams.
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