May 22, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - Behind a thrilling grand-slam from Mike Ferraro and a dominating pitching performance from Sammy Solis, the 15th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team evened the series with Pepperdine University with a 6-3 win Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
With the Toreros (32-18, 16-1 WCC) trailing 2-1 heading into the top of the fourth inning, USD would go on to take the lead, as they scored five runs on three hits. Nick McCoy got things started by reaching on an error, and he moved to second on a Zack Walters walk. After a Bryan Haar loaded the bases with a single, Mike Ferraro launched a grand slam to right field to give USD a 5-2 lead. Kevin Muno kept the ball rolling with a walk, and moved to second on a Dillon Checkal ground out. Chris Engell then drove in the final run with a stand-up double down the left field line to give USD a 6-2 lead.
Solis (9-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits, while striking out four in 6.0 innings of work. After surrendering the second run of the game in the bottom of the second inning, Solis settled down and retired his next 11 batters before Pepperdine's Brian Humphries broke that sting up with a single to lead off the sixth inning. Matt Thomson came in the game in the top of the seventh inning and picked up his fifth save of the season, allowing no runs on three hits in 3.0 innings of work. Pepperdine's Cole Cook (4-6) was saddled with the loss for the Waves as he allowed six runs, eight hits in 9.0 innings of work.
The Waves (21-28, 9-8 WCC) got on the scoreboard first as they pushed across one run on two hits in the bottom of the first inning. The Pepperdine run came on a Ryan Heroy RBI single to center field, scoring Colin Rooney, who had tripled, to give Pepperdine a 1-0 lead.
The Weaves then added to their lead in the bottom of the second inning, as a Zach Vincej hit an RBI single to right center, scoring Nate Johnson, who reached on an error, to take a 2-0 lead.
San Diego then cut the lead in half in the top of the third inning. Kevin Muno got things started with a bunt single, and moved to second on a throwing error by the Pepperdine first baseman. Back-to-back ground outs by Dillon Checkal and Chris Engell then drove in Muno for an unearned run to move the score to 2-1.
Pepperdine then cut into the deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning, as a Nate Johnson sacrifice fly to right pushed across one run to put the game at its final of 6-3.
Offensively for the Toreros Engell led the way as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Ferraro went 1-fof-4 with a grand slam and four RBI.
The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they conclude the three-game WCC series with the Waves. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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