June 5, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - Behind a dominating season-high 25-hit performance and a 4-for-6 and six RBI performance from Mike Ferraro, the 15th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team saved off elimination at the Tempe Regional with a 22-1 win over Milwaukee Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 37-21 overall and advance on to another elimination game on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the loser of the Hawaii and Arizona State game this evening. With the loss, the Panthers conclude the season with a 33-26 overall record.
Ferraro led the Toreros offense with a 4-for-6, one home run, two double and career-high six RBI performance. Nick McCoy also had a great day at the plate as he went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Zack Kometani also had a 4-hit day as he went 4-for-7 with a double and two RBI.
AJ Griffin (8-3) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros as he dominated the Panthers offense on the mound allowing no runs on two hits in 5.0 innings of work. After giving up a lead-off single in the bottom of the first inning, Griffin went on to retire his next seven batters before issuing a walk. Griffin went on to retire his next four batters before a lead-off single in the top of the fifth inning. Griffin recorded six strikeouts to run his season total to 113. Milwaukee's starter Jayme Sukowaty (4-2) was saddled with the loss as he allowed six runs on six hits in 1.0 innings of work.
The Toreros wasted no time in scoring as they pushed across four runs on four hits in the top of the first inning. Kevin Muno led off the game with a single and moved to second on a Matt Moynihan sacrifice bunt. Chris Engell then drove in Muno with a RBI single to through the left side. Nick McCoy then reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, which moved to third when Tony Strazzara popped the ball up in the infield, and with the infield fly rule in effect, the first baseman missed the ball, and Engell tagged second and went to third. Mike Ferraro the launched a three-run homer over the right field fence to cap the scoring for the inning and give USD a 4-0 lead.
After USD tacked on two more runs in the second and fourth innings, and four more in the top of the fifth, the Toreros would put the game completely out of reach in the top of the seventh inning, scoring seven runs on six hits. The USD runs came on a McCoy solo home run, a Kometani run-scoring double, a wild pitch, a Bryan Haar
two-run homer, and a Brian Farris
two-run single to give USD a 19-1 lead.
The Toreros would go on to score the more runs in the top of the ninth to put the game at its final of 22-1.