May 26, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The 20th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team's offense exploded for 13 hits and 10 runs en route to a 10-5 West Coast Conference victory over Pepperdine University Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros record their third 40-win season in program history, as they move to 40-14 overall and they move back into a tie for first place in the WCC with Pepperdine at 15-8. With the loss, the Waves fall to 33-21 overall and 15-8 in the WCC.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring, as they scored two runs on four hits in the first inning. Austin Bailey got things started as he drew a 1-out walk. Kris Bryant then singled Bailey over to second, and on a hit and run situation, Connor Joe drove in Bailey for the first run, allowing Bryant to reach third. Louie Lechich then hit an RBI single to centerfield to score Bryant and give USD a 2-0 lead.
After USD scored one run on a Andrew Daniel RBI single to score Joe, who had doubled, to give USD a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning, the Waves cut the lead down to one with a two-run bottom half of the third. The Waves' runs came on back-to-back sacrifice fly ball's hit by Joe Sever and Tony Cooper to move the score to 3-2.
San Diego then went back to work in the top of the sixth inning, as they scored eight runs on two hits. Andrew Daniel reached on a strike out wild pitch and moved to second on an AJ Robinson walk. After both runners moved up one base on a wild pitch, Julian Duran made them pay with a two-run double to centerfield. Hotta then drew a walk, and Bailey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bryant then singled in the next run, and the final two runs came on back-to-back bases loaded walks by Louie Lechich and Robinson to give USD a 8-2 lead.
The Waves then scored one run in the sixth, two in the ninth, while USD score two more in the eighth to put the game at its final of 10-5.
Offensively for the Toreros, Duran led the way as he went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI, while Joe also went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI. Bryant (2-for-4) and Daniel (2-for-3) were the other Toreros to record multiple hits on the day for San Diego.
Michael Wagner (5-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed four runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work. Pepperdine's starter Scott Frazier (7-4) was saddled with the loss for the Waves, as he allowed eight runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The Toreros and Waves will return to action on Sunday at 1 p.m., as they conclude the regular-season and series in a battle for the WCC championship at Eddy D Field Stadium.