April 30, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Behind another dominating performance from junior right-hander Kyle Blair, the 24th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team picked up a 4-2 West Coast Conference win over the University of San Francisco Friday afternoon in the series opener.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 24-16 overall, and remain perfect in WCC action at 10-0. With the loss, the Dons fall to 22-21 overall and fall to 5-4 in the WCC.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard first, as in the top of the second inning they scored a pair of unearned runs. Mike Ferraro led things off by reaching on an error by the USF second baseman and moved to third on a Nick McCoy single to right center. Zack Kometani then drove in Ferraro with a run-scoring double off the left field fence, which also moved McCoy to third. Bryan Haar drove in McCoy with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to give the Toreros a 2-0 lead.
The Dons then evened the score over the next two innings scoring one run in the second on a Ryan Lipkin run-scoring double and one more in the third on a Derek Poppert run-scoring double to move the score to 2-2.
The Toreros then answered back in the top of the fourth inning as they scored a run on back-to-back doubles by Tony Strazzara and Mike Ferraro to give the Toreros a 3-2 edge.
The Toreros would cap the scoring for the day in the top of the fifth inning. Chris Engell got things started with an infield single, moved to third when Zach Walters reached on an error by the centerfielder. James Meador then drove in Engell when he grounded out to the second baseman to put the game at its final of 4-2.
Offensively for the Toreros, both Engell and McCoy went 2-for-4 as they only USD players to record multiple hits.
Blair (6-3) turned in yet another dominating performance on the mound in picking up the win as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out eight in 8.0 innings of work. USF's Doug Murray (6-5) was saddled with the loss for the Dons as he allowed four runs, one earned, on eight hits in 8.0 innings of work.
San Diego will return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game against the Dons in the second game of as three-game WCC series.