March 9, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team surrendered four unanswered runs to drop an 8-4 non-conference game to No. 16 UC Irvine Tuesday evening at Anteater Ballpark.
Irvine (7-5) got on the scoreboard first as in the first inning they scored one run on two hits. The Anteater run came on a Brian Hernandez RBI single, which scored Sean Madigan, who reached on a single because of a misplayed ball by the Torero infield, to give UCI a 1-0 lead.
The Anteaters then added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three more runs. Casey Stevensen took advantage of a USD fielding error and ended up at third to lead off the frame. Two batters later, Francis Larson drove in Stevensen with an RBI single. The next two runs came on a Jordan Leyland two-run triple to right field to give UCI a 4-0 lead.
The Toreros (6-7) bats woke up in the top of the sixth inning as USD scored four runs on five hits. Matt Moynihan got things started when he reached on an error by the first baseman, and he moved to second when James Meador laid down a bunt down the third base line, and Meador appeared to have beaten the throw out, but was called out for the first out of the inning. Kalei Hanawahine kept things rolling with a single through the left side, which moved Moynihan to third. Two batters later, Zach Walters drove in Moynihan and Hanawahine with a two-run double to left field. Mike Ferraro then drove in Walters with a stand-up double down the right field line, and the Toreros would tie things up at 4-4 when Chris Engell, who pinch hit for Bryan Haar, laced a RBI single up the middle, scoring Ferraro.
The Anteaters then regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring two runs on three hits. The UCI runs came on a Hernandez run-scoring double and a Ronnie Schaffer RBI single to move the score to 6-4.
UCI then added in two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Stevensen two-run sacrifice bunt to put the game at its final of 8-4.
Offensively for the Toreros, Ferraro led the way as he went a perfect 3-for-3 with one double and one RBI. Hanawahine also recorded multiple hits, as he went 2-for-3 with one run scored and Moynihan was the final USD player to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-4.
USD starter, AJ Griffin (1-3), was saddled with the loss for the Toreros, after having an impressive outing, as he allowed six runs, three earned, on nine hits in 6.2 innings, while striking out five. UCI's Andy Lines (1-0) picked up the win for the Anteaters as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.2 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they host the University of San Francisco in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium.