March 28, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior right-hander Matt Thomson pitched a two-hit, 10 strikeout complete game shutout against No. 12 Pepperdine University to lead the Toreros to a 4-0 win in a West Coast Conference game Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 18-10 overall, have improved their winning streak to four and have claimed the three-game series over Pepperdine. With the loss, the Waves fall to 16-10 overall and 0-2 in the WCC.
Thomson (4-0) and Pepperdine's Cole Cook were engaged in a pitchers duel as both pitchers went the distance. Thomson allowed one hit in the second inning, then proceeded to retire the next 13 batters, five by strikeout, before a batter reached on strikeout wild pitch in the sixth inning. Thomson never got himself in trouble the rest of the way as he was lights out for the remainder of his outing tallying a career-high 10 strikeouts.
Pepperdine's Cook was also impressive, after a controversial first inning in which Cook had three balks called on him because of some mechanical issues with his delivery. He then settled down and retired the next nine batters in order to take a no hitter into the fifth inning, before a Steven Chatwood two-run double broke up the no-hitter.
In the fifth inning, James Meador led off the inning being hit by a pitch and Victor Sanchez then drew a walk. Tony Strazzara reached on a fielders choice which resulted in Meador being thrown out at third and moved Sanchez to second. After Bryan Haar drew a walk to load the bases with one out, Chatwood broke-up the no-hitter with a double to left center field, scoring the first two runs of the game. Nick McCoy then capped the scoring for the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field to give USD a 3-0 lead.
San Diego then added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning on Haar's solo home run over the left field fence to give Thomson a four-run lead to work with.
That is all Thomson would need as he sailed through the final two innings for his first complete game as a Torero.
Offensively for USD, Chatwood led the way with his 1-for-3, one double and two RBI performance. Haar recorded the second USD hit as he went 1-for-2 with a home run and one RBI.
Cole (4-1) was saddled with the loss for the Waves as he allowed four runs on two hits in 8.0 innings of work.
San Diego will return to action on Sunday as they will conclude the three-game series with Pepperdine at 1 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium.