May 10, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif.- Behind outstanding outings by three different pitchers, the University of San Diego baseball team defeated UC Riverside 4-1 at Cunningham Stadium Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action. The Toreros (18-27, 8-7 WCC) held the Highlanders (23-19) to only one run on three hits in the game, while putting up their fourth-straight game with double-digit hits and eighth game out of their last nine with at least 10 hits as a team.
Torero starter Paul Sewald held UC Riverside hitless until center fielder Tony Nix picked up the first Highlander base hit with a single to left field in the top of the fourth. Meanwhile, the Toreros put up a run in the first to get on the board when catcher Zack Kometani kept up his hot hitting with an RBI single to centerfield that scored designated hitter Dillon Checkal from second base. Kometani has driven in eight runs in his last three games to go along with eight hits over that span.
The Toreros held on to their 1-0 advantage until the top of the sixth when shortstop Trevor Hairgrove, who doubled off Sewald to leadoff the inning, scored on a two-out wild pitch by USD reliever Max NacNabb that evened the score at 1-1.
USD responded immediately, however, as Kometani welcomed new Highlander pitcher Joie Dunyon to the game with a leadoff rocket to straight away center field that cleared the fence for Kometani's third home run of the season and put USD up 2-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kometani again drove in a run for the Toreros when, with one out, he chopped a ball to UC Riverside second baseman Eddie Young, who mishandled it, allowing Kometani to reach safely and center fielder Kevin Muno to score on the play. The Toreros were in prime position to add to their 3-1 lead with runners on first and third and only one out, but left fielder Corey LeVier's sharply-hit ground ball was hit directly at Highlander first baseman Bryan Horst on the edge of the infield grass, resulting in a double play that ended the inning.
USD would tack on their final insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as right fielder Scott Schauer scored on a passed ball that gave the Toreros their ultimate 4-1 lead.
Despite loading the bases with two outs after a fielding error by Torero shortstop Julian Duran in the top of the ninth, UC Riverside was unable to push anyone across as left-hander James Pazos earned his second save in as many games, and third on the year, with his 1.1 innings of shutout, no-hit ball.
MacNabb (2-2) picked up the win after going 2.2 innings in relief of Sewald without giving up a hit, while striking out two and walking two. Sewald went 5.0 innings, allowing just three hits and one run, while striking out four and walking one. Dunyon (0-1) took the loss for the Highlanders with his 1.0 inning of work in which he allowed one run on three hits with one walk.
Kometani powered the USD offense with his 2-for-4 day at the plate and three RBI, including the home run. First baseman Bryan Haar and Schauer each chipped in with two hits of their own. Hairgrove, Nix and catcher Bart Stepanovich picked up the only three hits for the Highlanders on the day.
USD closes out its home slate on Wednesday, May 11th with a 3:00 p.m. non-conference matchup with San Diego Christian College at Cunningham Stadium.
Meet the Toreros: Jose Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.
City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park
Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play
Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences
Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park
Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game
San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend
USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Torero Community Service
USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego
Men's Basketball Camp Update
Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game
Toreros look for 4th straight win
Pack the Stadium Night
ITA All-American's Preview
Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak
Toreros First True Road Game of 2015
CSUN and UCSB Preview
Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak
Aztec Invite Recap
Both Squads Finish Second
Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival
Highlights from 45-21 win
2015 Home Opener
Previewing Western New Mexico
Volleyball Tournament Preview
A preview of the USD Tournament
Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.