SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The USD baseball team rallied to score three runs in the ninth inning en route to a 9-9 tie against No. 8/10 Long Beach State Tuesday evening at Fowler Park. The game was called after the tenth inning due to a predetermined curfew, which states that no new inning may begin after 10:30 p.m. This is the first time a game has ended early due to a curfew in Fowler Park's five year history.
The Toreros trailed 8-2 after the sixth inning, but scored seven runs over the final three innings to complete the dramatic comeback. The tying run in the ninth inning came on a Colton Waltner perfectly-placed suicide squeeze.
The teams combined to throw 13 pitchers, strand 20 runners and collect 26 hits in the 4 hour and 24 minute game.
Both of Long Beach State's first two runs were unearned. Their first came in the top of the first. Daniel Jackson hit a single and advanced to second on failed pickoff attempt by Torero starter Louis Crow. Ramsey Romano then brought Jackson home with an RBI single to left.
Jay Schuyler put the Toreros on top in the bottom of the third when he belted a two run homer to left field, his fourth of the year. Schuyler has now reached base in 28 straight games.
The Dirtbags' second unearned run came in the top of the fourth when they took advantage of two Torero errors to tie the game at 2-2.
Long Beach State batted around in the top of the fifth. They began the inning with three straight singles, prompting Coach Hill to replace Carl Burdick with Miles Sandum, who hit his first batter and then allowed a two-run double to right center, bringing the score to 5-2.
The Dirtbags had another three run inning in the top of the sixth. After a Ramsey Romano double, he was brought home on a Luke Rasmussen single up the middle. A few batters later, Joey Notch had a two-run single up the middle to run the score to 8-2 LBSU.
In the following inning, Brhet Bewley blasted a three run homer to left to close the deficit to 8-6. Long Beach scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth. With the bases loaded, they scored on a unique fielder's choice. A fly ball was hit to Chris McCready, who dropped the ball but was able to get the force out at third. No error was charged, but the Dirtbags scored a run.
This set up the Toreros' ninth inning rally. With runners on first and second, Riley Adams drilled a single up the middle to score one run. After a passed ball, the Toreros had runners on second and third. Roman Garcia hit an infield single to score one and advance the tying run to third base. Coach Hill then rolled the dice and called a suicide squeeze, which Colton Waltner executed perfectly to score pinch runner Chris Colorossi from third base.
The Toreros put the game-winning run on second with one out in the bottom of the tenth, but couldn't bring him home.
The Toreros threw six pitchers. Louis Crow got the start and didn't allow an earned run in 2.2 innings. Carl Burdick and Miles Sandum each gave up three earned runs in 3.2 combined innings. Sean Barry allowed one run in two innings pitched. Doug Nimura and Jonathan Teaney pitched the final 1.2 innings without giving up a hit.
The Toreros continue WCC play this weekend when they head to Saint Mary's for a three game series beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m.
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