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USD’s Romanski no-hits Harvard

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Junior All-American Josh Romanski threw his first collegiate no-hitter to help guide the 14th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team to a 12-0 win over Harvard University Monday afternoon at USD’s Cunningham Stadium.Romanski (4-0) faced one above the minimum in the game as he retired the first 13 batters he faced, before he hit Harvard’s Matt Kramer in the top of the fifth inning. Romanski then retired the remaining 14 batters, while posting a season-high eight strikeouts in the win. The Crimson nearly broke up the no-hitter in the seventh inning on a well hit ball to the left side, but shortstop Sean Nicol dove on the ball to knock it down, then popped up and just made the throw in time to preserve the no-hitter.

Romanski’s no-hitter is the sixth in program history and first since March 23, 1996, when Bart Miadich no-hit Gonzaga University.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 17-7 overall and run their winning streak to 10 games. With the loss, the Crimson fall to 1-10 overall.

San Diego’s offense got things rolling early as in the first inning the Toreros put up two runs on three hits. James Meador led off the inning being hit by a pitch, he then moved to second on a balk. Anthony Strazzara moved Meador to third on a single to the shortstop and Kevin Hansen grounded into a double play to drive in Meador. Logan Gelbrich kept things going with a single to left field and a Zach Walters run-scoring double pushed Gelbrich across for the second run of the game.

San Diego continued to pour on the offense with a four-run third inning. Sean Nicol led off the inning with a walk, then moved to third on a Victor Sanchez double to center field. The Crimson then intentionally walked Romanski, and Meador hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Nicol. After Strazzara was hit by a pitch to again load the bases, Hansen drive in Sanchez with a RBI single and two batters later, Walters hit a two-run single to right field to move the Torero lead to 6-0.

After a Romanski solo home run in the seventh inning gave USD a 7-0 lead, the Toreros then took advantage of seven wild pitches, six walks and one hit batter to scored five runs on no hits in the sixth inning to blow open the game and put the game at its final of 12-0.

Offensively for the Toreros, Strazzara went a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI and Walters was a perfect 2-for-2 with one double and three RBI to lead the team.

San Diego will return to action on Tuesday as they host No. 21 Cal State Fullerton in a 3 p.m. game at USD’s Cunningham Stadium.

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