April 24, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday afternoon with a 12-4 non-conference loss to UC Santa Barbara.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 25-16 overall and saw their second longest winning streak of the season come to an end. With the win, the Gauchos improve to 21-18 overall.
The Gauchos got on the scoreboard first, as they took advantage of a USD fielding error in the bottom of the second inning to score three unearned runs. The UCSB runs came on a Devon Gradford RBI single and a two-run single by Jackson Morrow to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
San Diego answered right back in the top of the third, as they scored a pair of runs on one hit. Chris Woolley got things started, as he was hit by a pitch, and he moved to second when AJ Robinson drew a walk. Grant Melker then laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman, who in turn committed an error, which allowed Melker to reach first, and the other two runners advance one base to load the bases with no outs. Lucas Hagberg then pushed in the first run on a walk, and Kris Bryant drove in the second run on a RBI single to move the score to 3-2.
USD then evened the score in the top of the fifth inning, as Bryant unleashed his 21st home run of the season, a solo shot to left field. With this home run, Bryant is the new career leader in home runs hit at USD with 44, surpassing a 25 year old record held by Sean Baron.
The Guachos then went on to score three runs in the fifth and six runs in the bottom of the seventh to cap their scoring for the day, while USD tacked on one more run in the top of the seventh on a Dillon Haupt solo home run to put the game at its final of 12-6.
Offensively for the Toreros, both Bryant (2-for-5, one home run and two RBI) and Dillon Haupt
(2-for-4 with a home run and one RBI) had a good day at the plate.
Louie Lechich (1-2) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed six runs, three earned, on seven hits in 5.2 innings of work. Santa Barbara's Cameron Cuneo (1-0) picked up the win for the Gauchos, as he allowed one run on three hits in 4.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday, as they host the University of San Francisco in a crucial West Coast Conference series at Fowler Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.