April 27, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team dropped a heartbreaking 9-8, 10-inning showdown to the University of San Francisco Saturday evening in a crucial West Coast Conference game at Fowler Park.
After the Toreros dramatically rallied to score four runs over the eighth and ninth innings, USF was able to score one run in the top of the 10th inning to claim the win and series. With two outs, and a 2-2 count to USF right fielder Bradley Zimmer, USD pitcher Trevor Bayless placed what looked like strike three on the outside corner, but the umpire called it ball three, much to the dismay of Torero fans and the Torero players. The very next pitch, Zimmer singled to left center. Zimmer then stole second on the first pitch to the next hitter, Zachary Turner, and Turner then hit an RBI single to center field to give the Dons the 9-8 win.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 25-18 overall, fall to 9-8 in the WCC and have dropped the WCC series to the Dons. With the win, USF improves to 24-18 overall and 11-6 in the WCC.
The Dons got on the scoreboard first, as they put up three runs on two hits in the top of the first inning. However, USD came back and took back one run in the bottom half of the inning on an Andrew Daniel ground out to the shortstop, which scored Kris Bryant, who had singled, from third to cut the lead down to two at 3-1.
USF then scored one run in the second, two in the fourth and one run in the seventh and eighth innings, while USD managed to score one run in the third, and two runs in the fifth to move the score to 8-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
USD then put on their rally caps and went to work in the eighth. Dillon Check got the table set with a single to center field and Chris Woolley then drew a walk. Dillon Haupt the launched a three-run blast over the right centerfield fence to cut the lead down to one at 8-7.
In the top of the ninth, USD took advantage of a USF fielding error to tie the game. Louie Lechich
drew a walk to lead off the inning. Two batters later, AJ Robinson
hit a slow roller to the shortstop for an infield single, but on the same play, the USF shortstop booted the ball, which allowed Lechich to score, tying the game at 9-all and sending the game into extra innings.
Offensively for the Toreros, Bryant led the way, as he went 3-for-5 with a single, a double and a 2-run home run, his 22nd of the season.
Bayless (2-3) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed one run on two hits in 1.2 innings of work. USF's Adam Cimber (3-2) picked up the win for the Dons, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work.
The Toreros and Dons will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. inside of Fowler Park.