April 20, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Behind a perfect 3-for-3 performance from junior All-American Kris Bryant, including him hitting his 19th home run of the season to set the new single-season USD record, the University of San Diego baseball team posted a 7-4 win over Santa Clara University Saturday afternoon.
Offensively for the Toreros, Bryant led the way with a perfect 3-for-3, one double, one home run and three RBI performance. Bryant also became the new USD single-season record holder in home runs with 19, breaking a 25-year old record that was held by Dave Rolls.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 23-15 overall, move to 7-5 in the WCC and have captured the series over the Broncos. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 9-27 overall and 0-14 in the WCC.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring, as the very first batter of the game, senior outfielder AJ Robinson, turned on a pitch and launched a solo home run over the right field fence to give SUD a 1-0 lead. Bryant then kept things rolling, as he singled to the pitcher. Lucas Hagberg reached on a fielder's choice, which resulted in Bryant being thrown out at second. Andrew Daniel then drew a walk and Troy Conyers reached on a fielder's choice, which moved Hagberg to third, but saw Daniel thrown out at second. Connor Joe then singled in Hagberg to give USD a 2-0 lead.
After the Broncos took back a run in the bottom of the second inning, the Toreros would put up two more runs in the top of the third inning. Bryant led off with a double, and Hagbers drew a walk. Andrew Daniel then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners up a base. A Troy Conyers sacrifice fly scored Bryant, and a fielding error by the Broncos allowed Hagberg to score, giving USD a 4-1 edge.
SCU would manage to score one run in the seventh and ninth innings to round off their scoring for the day, while USD put up two runs in the eighth on home runs from Dillon Haupt
and Bryant, and one run the ninth to out the game at its final of 7-4.
Dylan Covey (3-3) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed to runs on five hits in 6.0 innings of work. Trevor Bayless picked up the save for the Toreros, as he allowed no runs on no hits in 0.2 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. as they look to complete a 3-game sweep over the Broncos.