May 24, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior All-American Brian Matusz dominates on the mound and the Torero bats explode as the seventh-ranked University of San Diego baseball team cruised to a 10-1 win over No. 13 Pepperdine University in the first game of a double-header in the West Coast Conference Championship Series Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Toreros have now recorded their second consecutive 40-win season as they move to 40-15 overall. With the loss, the Waves fall to 36-18 overall.
Matusz (11-2) wins his career-high 11th game of the season as he allowed one unearned run on five hits, while striking out nine batters. With the nine strikeouts, Matusz moves his season total to 131 and his career total to 386, just seven behind the all-time record at USD. Nathan Newman (7-4) was saddled with the loss for the Waves, as he allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard first as they scored two runs on two hits in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Nick McCoy got things started with a walk and moved to second on a Kevin Muno single through the left side. After Josh Romanski loaded the bases with a walk, Sean Nicol drove in the two runs with a single to right field to give USD a 2-0 lead.
San Diego then added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kevin Hansen led off the inning with a single to right field, then advanced to second on a fielding error by the Pepperdine right fielder. Two batters later, Jose Valerio hit a run-scoring double to left field to move the score to 3-0.
The Waves then took back one run in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs and runners at first and second, Chase d'Arnaud hit the ball to third base and USD committed a fielding error allowing the runner at second to come across for an unearned run and cut the Torero lead to two at 3-1.
USD then responded in the bottom of the sixth inning as James Meador led off the inning with his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence to give USD a 4-1 lead. With the home run, Meador has now moved his career-high hitting streak to 20 games.
San Diego then added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring two runs on three hits. With one out, Muno got things started with a triple to right centerfield and Josh Romanski drove in Muno with a RBI single through the right side for the first run of the inning. Nicol then moved Romanski up one base on a single up the middle, Meador then loaded the bases with a walk and the final USD run came on a wild pitch to move the score to 6-1 in favor of USD.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Toreros put the game out of reach as they scored four runs on five hits. Victor Sanchez led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a Valerio single. Muno drove in the first run with a double to right centerfield and Romanski drove in run No. 2 with a sacrifice fly to right field. Meador then drove in Muno with a RBI single up the middle and the fourth run came in on a Hansen RBI single to right field to give USD a comfortable 10-1 lead.
Offensively for the Toreros, Meador led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one home run and two RBI. Muno was also solid at the plate for USD as he went 3-for-5 with one double, one triple and one RBI. Nicol, Hansen and Valerio all recorded multiple hits on the day as well.