April 21, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 17th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team used an eight-run seventh inning to pull away from the Saint Mary's College Gaels Saturday afternoon to even the West Coast Conference series at USD's Cunningham Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros become the first WCC school to reach the 30-win mark at 30-9 overall, while moving to 8-3 in the WCC. With the loss, the Gaels fall to 18-18 overall and 3-8 in the WCC.
With the Toreros clinging to s 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Torero bats got red hot as they exploded to score eight runs on eight hits to take a commanding 12-3 lead. Louie Lechich got things started, as he laid a bunt down the first baseline, and the SMC pitcher tried to field the ball, and grabbed it just as it was about to go foul. The Gaels were not able to make the throw to first, which allowed Lechich to record a single. Kris Bryant then doubled to the left centerfield fence, moving Lechich to third. Corey LeVier kept things going, as he drove in Lechich and Bryant with a two-run single up the middle. Andrew Daniel then stepped to the plate and unleashed a two-run homer over the left field fence to give USD a 8-3 lead, and still no outs.
Dillon Haupt then singled up the middle and he moved to second on a wild pitch. After Haupt stole third, Victor Rasor-Thompson drove in Haupt with a RBI single through the right side to score the fifth run of the inning, and still no outs. After a pitching change, Bryan Haar was hit by a pitch, to move Rasor-Thompson to second and Austin Bailey then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up a base and the Gaels finally recorded an out. Lucas Hagberg then tripled to the right field corner to score the next two runs and the final run of the inning came on a Lechich RBI single to score Hagberg, and put the game out of reach with a 12-3 lead.
The Gaels then loaded the bases in the ninth and managed to push across one run to put the game at its final of 12-4.
San Diego scored four runs in the bottom of the third, while SMC scored one in the first and two in the fourth to round off the scoring for the day.
Offensively for the Toreros, Daniel led the way as he went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Lechich went 3-for-4, while LeVier went 3-for-5 and AJ Robinson went 3-for-3 at the plate. Rasor-Thomopson, Hagberg and Bryant all recorded multiple hits in on the day as well.
Dylan Covey (6-2) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs on four hits, while striking out seven in 6.0 innings of work. SMC's starter, Kyle Barraclough (1-6), was saddled with the loss for the Gales, as he allowed four runs, on 11 hits in 6.0 innings of work.
The Toreros and Gaels will play a rubber game on Sunday at 1 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium.