April 14, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind a 13-hit performance, the 24th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team upset No. 3 UC Irvine, 7-4, Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.
The Toreros (24-13) got on the scoreboard first as in the second inning they scored two runs on two hits. Nick McCoy got things going with a solo home run over the left field fence. Zach Walters kept things going with a triple off the centerfield fence and after a Austin Green walk, Steven Chatwood laid down a RBI sacrifice bunt, which scored Walters from third, to give USD a 2-0 lead.
The Anteaters (23-10) then evened the score in the top of the third inning on RBI singles by Eric Deragisch and Jeff Cusick to move the score to 2-2.
San Diego would regained the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring one run on two hits. Chris Engell led off the inning with a stand-up double to right center field and two batters latter, Tony Strazzara singled up the middle, driving in Engell to give USD a 3-2 lead.
The Toreros would then tack on a pair of runs in the fifth inning to gain some breathing room. Sean Nicol led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on an Engle single through the left side. After Engell moved to second on a wild pitch, James Meador would drive in Nicol with a sacrifice fly to right field. McCoy then hit a run-scoring double down the left field line to give USD a 5-2 advantage.
Irvine then got back to within one run on a Francis Larson two-run homer over the centerfield fence in the top of the sixth inning to move the score to 5-4.
The Toreros then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring two runs on run-scoring doubles by Walters and Chatwood to put the game at its final of 7-4.
Offensively for the Toreros, McCoy led the way as he went 2-for-3 with one home run, one double and two RBI. Engell also had a great day at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with a double and Walters went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and one RBI.
Matt Hauser (2-1) was credited with the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits in 3.1 innings of work. Darrin Campbell picked up his second save of the season, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 3.0 innings of work. UCI starter Noel Avison (2-1) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Anteaters, as he allowed three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday, as they travel to Moraga, Calif. to begin a three-game West Coast Conference series against Saint Mary's College.