May 15, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - The 20th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team picked up a 4-3 win over UC Irvine Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Anteater Ballpark.
The Toreros (39-13) wasted no time in scoring, as they scored one run on no hits in the top of the first inning. With one out, Louie Lechich launched a ball down the left field line, and the Irvine left fielder missed the fly ball, allowing Lechich to reach third on the error. After Kris Bryant was intentionally walked, Corey LeVier hit a sacrifice fly to right field, which scored Lechich to give USD a 1-0 lead.
The Toreros then doubled their lead in the top of the fourth inning as they scored one run on three hits. Andrew Daniel led off the frame with a triple off the left field fence, and Connor Joe then drilled a single through the left side to score Daniel to give USD a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, USD's offense continued to roll, as they scored two runs on four hits. Bryant got things started with a towering double that fell between the center fielder, second baseman and right fielder. Two batters later, Daniel drove in Bryant with a roping double down the right field line, and Connor Joe drove in Daniel with an RBI single up the middle to give USD a 4-0 lead.
Irvine (28-21) finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning, as they scored one run on a Connor Spencer RBI sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Chris Ramirez, who had doubled, to move the score to 4-1.
UCI then cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth, as a Dillon Moyer RBI sacrifice fly to right field, scored Jeff Stephens, who reached on an error, to move the score to 4-2.
UCI continued to chip away at the lead, as they scored one run in the seventh inning when Spencer grounded into a double play to score Tommy Reyes, who had singled, to move the score to 4-3.
Offensively for the Toreros, Daniel led the way as he went 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a triple and fell just a home run short of the cycle, while recording one RBI and two runs scored. Both Joe and Bailey went 2-for-4 as the only other Toreros to record multiple hits.
Michael Wagner (4-1) picked up the win for the Toreros, as he allowed no runs on four hits in 4.0 innings of work. James Pazos picked up the save, as he allowed one run on two hits in 3.1 innings of work. UCI's Crosby Slaught (6-6) was saddled with the loss for the Anteaters, as he allowed one run on one hit in 2.0 innings of work.
The Toreros will take the rest of the week off to focus on final exams, and will return to action on May 25 as they begin the final West Coast Conference series of the season at Pepperdine. First pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.