May 24, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. - The University of San Francisco baseball team hit a walk-off three run home to claim a 10-8 come-from-behind win over the University of San Diego in the West Coast Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon at Banner Island Ballpark.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 33-23 overall and will now face BYU in an elimination game later this evening. With the win, the Dons advance onto the championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m.
After USD has taken a 2-run lead in the top of the ninth, the Dons managed to score four total runs including a walk-off with a Derek Atkinson three-run homer to put the game at its final of 10-8.
The Toreros wasted no time in scoring, as they scored one run on two hits in the top of the first inning. Kris Bryant led off the frame with a single up the middle. Bryant then moved to second on a pass ball, and moved to third on a wild pitch. AJ Robinson then drove in Bryant with a single up the middle to give USD a 1-0 lead.
The Toreros finally broke open the pitchers duel in the top of the sixth inning, scoring five runs on four hits. Connor Joe led off the frame with a stand-up double off the left field fence. Louie Lechich then singled through the left side to move Joe to third. Two batters later, Kris Bryant was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs. AJ Robinson then drew a bases-loaded RBI walk, and Austin Bailey launched a 3-run double to right centerfield. Austin Green then capped the scoring with an RBI single to right centerfield to move the score to 6-0.
The Dons then answered right back in the bottom half of the sixth, scoring four runs of their own. The USF runs came on a RBI singles by Bradley Zimmer and Derek Atkinson, a wild pitch, and a RBI single by Josh Miller to move the score to 6-4.
The Dons then evented the score at 8-all in the bottom of the eighth inning. The USF runs came on a two-run single by Miller.
San Diego then scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth on a Bailey solo home run and a Dillon Haupt RBI single to give the Toreros an 8-6 lead.
Offensively for the Toreros, Bailey led the way, as he went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI.
Max MacNabb was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed one run on one hit in 0.0 innings of work. USF's Adam Cimber (6-3) was credited with the win for the Dons, as he allowed no runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of work.