June 2, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The fourth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team was upset in the San Diego Region evening game, 6-2, by fourth-seeded Fresno State University Friday at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Toreros will now play the University of Minnesota in an elimination game on Saturday at 4 p.m.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 43-17 overall and lose their second consecutive opening round game to Fresno State in the post season. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 37-27 overall.
The Bulldogs struck first as they scored one run on one hit in the top of the third inning. The Fresno State run came on a Brian Lapin run-scoring double down the left field line, scoring Erik Wetzel, who reached on an error, to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
FSU then increased the their lead in the top of the fourth inning scoring one run on two hits. The FSU run came on a Wetzel RBI single to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
San Diego then answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring two runs on two hits. Josh Romanski got things started with a walk and moved to second on a Daniel Magness single. After Kevin Hansen loaded the bases with a walk, Sean Nicol delivered a two-run double to right field to even the score at 2-2.
Fresno State then went on to score four unanswered runs to claim the win and advance on to play Cal State Fullerton in the winners bracket game at 8 p.m.
Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBI.
Anthony Slama (2-3) was saddled with the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings of work. Tanner Scheppers (7-5) picked up the win for the Bulldogs as he allowed no runs on one hit in 3.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. game at Tony Gwynn Stadium against Minnesota.