May 9, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - Behind another dominating pitching performance from senior right-hander AJ Griffin, the 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball team completed a three-game sweep over the University of Portland with a 9-2 win Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 30-16 overall, run their winning streak to seven and remain undefeated in the WCC at 15-0. The 15-0 start matches the best start for any school in WCC history, as the 1988 Loyola Marymount team begin the WCC schedule 15-0. With the loss, the Pilots fall to 31-12 and move to 11-4 in the WCC.
Griffin (6-3) began his dominating performance by striking out the first three batters he faced, en route to a career-high 12 strikeouts for the day. Griffin gave up a single in the second inning, then proceeded to retire eight of the next nine batters he faced. Griffin scattered six hits, while allowing a pair of runs in 8.0 innings of work. Portland's Zach Varce (5-2) was saddled with the loss for the Pilots, as he allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings of work.
It was a pitcher's duel until the top of the fifth when San Diego was able to push across one run on three hits. Nick McCoy got things started with an infield single and moved to second on a Kalei Hanawahine single to right field. Zach Walters then drove in McCoy with a RBI single to give USD a 1-0 lead.
After the Pilots tied things up in the bottom of the fifth, San Diego broke things open with a four-run top of the sixth. Three straight singles by Dillon Checkal, Chris Engell and James Meador loaded the bases with no outs. Two batters later, Mike Ferraro drew a walk to push across Checkal for the first run. McCoy then pushed across the next run on a RBI single, and a Kalei Hanawahine did the rest with a two-run single to give USD a 5-1 lead.
USD would then add one run in both the seventh and eighth innings, and added two more in the ninth to cap its scoring for the day. Portland would score one more run in the bottom of the eighth to put the game at its final of 9-2.
Offensively for the Toreros, McCoy led the way as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Meador went 3-for-5 with one RBI and Hanawahine went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Chris Engell also had a good day, extending his hitting streak to 18 games, as he went 2-for-5.
San Diego will return to action on Monday as they remain in the Pacific Northwest, as they travel to Corvallis to take on Oregon State in a 7 p.m. game.