Back-to-Back WCC Championship Series Champions

May 24, 2008

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A hit parade helped propel the seventh-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to a 12-4 win over No. 13 Pepperdine University in the second game of a double-header in the West Coast Conference Championship Series Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 41-15 overall and have claimed their second consecutive WCC Championship Series Championship, and earned the WCC's automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals beginning next week. With the loss, the Waves fall to 36-19.

The Toreros will learn who and where they will play in the NCAA Regionals on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. as ESPN airs the "Road to Omaha" selection show, revealing the field of 64 in the NCAA postseason.

The Waves got on the scoreboard first as they scored two runs on two hits in the bottom of the first inning. The Pepperdine runs came on a Danny Duron two-run double down the left field line to give the Waves a 2-0 early lead.

San Diego then responded in the top of the second inning by letting the long ball fly. After James Meador led off the inning with a single, Jose Valerio launched his fifth home run of the season, a two run blast over the left field fence. Two batters later, Victor Sanchez then launched his team-leading 12th home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence to give USD a 3-2 lead.

The Waves then regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning as Duron hit a run-scoring double down the left field line, followed by a David Harris RBI single to move the score to 4-3 in favor of the Waves.

San Diego then evened the score in the top of the fourth inning. Josh Romanski got things started with a walk and moved to second on a Tony Strazzara walk. Kevin Muno then drove in Ryan Davis, who pinch ran for Romanski at second, to even the score at 4-4.



The Toreros then regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Nicol got things started with a double to left centerfield and he moved to third on a double-steal attempt. Jose Valerio then drove in Nicol with a RBI groundout to the second baseman to give USD a 5-4 lead.

USD extended its lead in the top of the sixth inning scoring one run on two hits. Logan Gelbrich led of the inning with a stand-up double down the left field line. After Gelbrich moved up one base on a Victor Sanchez sacrifice bunt, Muno drove in Gelbrich with a RBI single to right field to give USD a 6-4 advantage.

San Diego then added to their lead in the top of the seventh inning. Meador led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a Valerio single, each runner then moved up one run on a fielding error by the Pepperdine right fielder. Three consecutive RBI singles by Gelbrich, Sanchez and Muno capped the scoring for the inning and gave USD a 9-4 lead.

The Toreros went on to put the game out of reach in the top of the eighth inning as Ryan Davis hit a three-run homer over the right field fence, his first in a Torero uniform to put the game at its final of 12-4.

Kyle Blair (7-4) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he completely shutdown the Pepperdine offense allowing no runs on three hits, while striking out four in 3.2 innings of work. Scott Alexander (7-4) was saddled with the loss for the Waves as he allowed two runs on two hits, in 3.1 innings of work.

Offensively for the Toreros, Muno led the way as he went 5-for-6 with three RBI, Valerio went 3-for-5 with one home run and three RBI and Sanchez, Meador, Nicol and Gelbrich all recorded multiple hits.

Championship Series Honors
Most Outstanding Player - Kevin Muno
Most Outstanding Pitcher - Brian Matusz  

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Meet the Toreros: Jose Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
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Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
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2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
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Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
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Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
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NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
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2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
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Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
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Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
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Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
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2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
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The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
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MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
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USD Baseball Season Preview
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USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
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UCLA Preview
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Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
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Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
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Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
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Men's Tennis 2016
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BYU Preview
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.

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City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park

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Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play

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Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences

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Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park

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Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99

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Butler Preview
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler

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CSUN Preview
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN

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USC Preview
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC

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Davidson Preview
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game

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San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic

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Nevada Preview
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USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops

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Campbell Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell

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Stetson Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far

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WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day

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Warner Recap
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Warner Preview

Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner

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Torero Community Service

USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego

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Men's Basketball Camp Update

Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season

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Drake Preview

Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game

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Dayton Preview

Toreros look for 4th straight win

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LMU Preview

Pack the Stadium Night

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ITA All-American's Preview

Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare

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Marist Preview

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Valparaiso Preview

Toreros First True Road Game of 2015

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CSUN and UCSB Preview

Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak

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Aztec Invite Recap

Both Squads Finish Second

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SDSU Preview

Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival

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WNMU Recap

Highlights from 45-21 win

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2015 Home Opener

Previewing Western New Mexico

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Volleyball Tournament Preview

A preview of the USD Tournament
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Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
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Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
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2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.


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