May 15, 2005
(San Diego, CA) - San Diego picked up a 4-0 victory over LMU in front of 452 in Cunningham Stadium on Sunday afternoon to close out their 2005 home season. With the win, the Toreros improve to 30-26-1 (16-14 in WCC play) on the year, marking the sixth straight season USD has reached 30 victories. Loyola Marymount falls to 25-25 (14-12 WCC) with the loss and now must win three-of-four from Gonzaga next weekend to take the WCC Coast Title.
Torero senior Andy Martin took the start on USD's Senior Day, walking two batters and giving up an infield single to load the bases with nobody out in the top of the first. With the Toreros in a jam, freshman Matthew Couch came in from the pen and got Chris Pettit to hit into a 1-2-5-4 triple play.
It originally looked like a routine fielder's choice with a force at home, but the umpires ruled that the pitch hit the dirt and then was popped up to Couch on the bounce. With all the confusion, Couch sent the ball home to stop a run from being scored. With none of the runners tagging up, catcher Jordan Abruzzo sent the ball to Jamie Hesselgesser to double up the runner at third, and then Hesselgesser sent the ball to Keoni Ruth, who completed the triple play by tagging second base.
With nobody on the field knowing what exactly happened, there was a 20 minute discussion between the coaches and umpires, which resulted in USD Head Coach Rich Hill being tossed from the game. After that bizarre event and long delay, the Toreros came out strong in the bottom of the inning.
Justin Snyder led off with a walk. Keoni Ruth followed that with a single to right center, putting runners on first and third with nobody out. Shane Buschini then blasted a shot over the right center fence for his sixth home run on the year, giving San Diego a 3-0 lead.
That proved to be all the Toreros needed as Couch went on to pitch nine innings of scoreless relief to earn his fifth win of the year. He allowed just four hits and one walk, while striking out four.
Buschini scored the only other run of the game in the bottom of the third when he stole third and came home when the Lions' catcher Jon Oller threw the ball into left field. Buschini finished the day 1-for-2 with two runs, three RBI, two walks and two stolen bases. Eight of nine San Diego starters reached base in the game, as the Toreros collected ten hits and seven walks.
The Toreros now head to Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday to finish their season with a road match against the nationally top-ranked Titans.
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