April 30, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team rallied from behind to claim a 9-6 win over San Diego Christian Wednesday evening in a non-conference game at Fowler Park.
The Hawks (37-16) got on the scoreboard first, as they pushed across one run on one hit in the top of the first inning. The SDC run came on a Chad Erickson RBI double to left field, which scored Cade Gotta, who had walked, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Toreros (30-16), who rested their usual starters, responded by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Ryan Kirby led off the frame with a solo home run to right field. James Bonds kept things going, as he drew a one-out walk. Two batters later, Spencer Dunlap singled to left field, which moved Bonds to second. Conner Jauch then singled in Bonds to give USD a 2-1 lead.
SDC then went on to score a pair of runs in the third inning, while adding one more run in each of the fourth, and fifth innings to take a 5-2 lead. USD then responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Torero runs came on a Brandon DeFazio solo home run to let field, and the final run came when USD hit into a double play, which scored Kirby, who had walked, moving the score to 5-4.
SDC then took back a run in the top of the seventh, only to see USD score five unanswered runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Torero runs came on a fielding error, a bases-loaded walk, a sacrifice fly, and a Bonds 2-run single, to put the game at its final of 9-6.
Offensively for the Toreros, Defazio led the way, as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Jauch also had a good day at the plate, as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Joey Rocha (1-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed no runs on no hits in 0.1 innings of work. CJ Burdick picked up his second save of the season, as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work. SDC's Chris Davidson (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Hawks, as he allowed three runs on two hits in 1.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday, as they resume West Coast Conference play with Saint Mary's coming to town for a 6 p.m. showdown at Fowler Park.