April 25, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team pounded out 17 hits en route to a 13-4 win over the University of Portland Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game at USD's Cunningham Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 26-17 overall, move to 9-5 in the WCC and coupled with the Loyola Marymount University loss, the Toreros are again tied for first place in the WCC. With the loss, the Pilots fall to 21-19 overall and 5-9 in the WCC.
AJ Griffin (7-2) turned in a dominating pitching performance on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out 10 batters. Portland's Scott Burris (4-3) was saddled with the loss as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits in 4.1 innings of work.
San Diego wasted no time in scoring, as they put across one run on two hits. Chris Engell led off the inning with a stand-up triple to right center field. Tony Strazzara then hit an RBI single to right field to push across Engell and give USD a 1-0 lead.
The Pilots then evened the score in the top of the second inning, as they scored one run on a Cort Carpenter solo home run.
USD would answer back with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Strazzara got things started with an infield single, and moved to second when Sean Nicol drew a walk. James Meador then launched his sixth home run of the season, a three-run blast over the left field fence, to give the Toreros a 4-1 lead.
USD would put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth inning as they scored four runs on five hits. The USD runs came on Meador RBI single, a Bryan Haar run-scoring double, a Michael Lugo RBI ground out to the second baseman, and a Engell RBI single to give USD a 8-1 lead.
The Toreros would go on to score two runs in the seventh inning and three in the eighth inning to cap their scoring for the day, while the Pilots, scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning to put the game at its final of 13-3.
Offensively for the Toreros, Haar led the way as he went 3-for-5 with a double, a homerun and five RBI. Walters also had a good day at the plate, as he went 3-for-4 with a two doubles and Engell was the third player with three hits, as he went 3-for-5 with one triple and one RBI. Meador went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.
The two teams will now play a rubber game on Sunday at 12 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium