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Toreros Complete Sweep Over Gonzaga

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. The University of San Diego baseball team completed a three-game West Coast Conference sweep over visiting Gonzaga University Sunday afternoon with a 9-3 win at USD’s Cunningham Stadium.

With the win, the Toreros improve to 22-11 overall, 4-2 in the WCC and have won three consecutive games. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 16-14 overall and 1-4 in the WCC.

The Zags wasted no time in scoring as they scored two runs on a Ryan Wiegand two-run homer in the first inning to grab a early 2-0 lead.

San Diego responded by taking back one run in the bottom of the first inning on a Logan Gelbrich run-scoring double down the left field line, scoring Josh Romanski, who reached on a fielder’s choice, to cut the lead in half at 2-1.

USD then grabbed the lead in the second inning as they scored two runs on two hits. Nick McCoy got things started with a two out walk and Kevin Muno drove in McCoy with a run-scoring triple to left field. Romanski then brought in Muno with a RBI single to left center field to give USD a 3-2 advantage.

After the Toreros took a two-run lead in the fifth inning on a Victor Sanchez RBI sacrifice fly, the Bulldogs got back to within one in the top of the sixth inning on a Grant Kveder RBI groundout to the second baseman, moving the score to 4-3.

San Diego then used a three run seventh inning to pull away from the Zags. Muno began the inning by reaching on a fielding error by the Bulldogs and moved to second on a Romanski fly out to left field. Meador moved Muno up one base with a single to left center and Sanchez drove in Muno with a sacrifice fly to left field. Gelbrich then launched his fourth home run of the series, a two-run blast over the left field fence to cap the scoring for the inning and give USD a 7-3 lead.

The Toreros would cap their scoring for the day in the eighth inning with two runs on a Romanski ground-rule run-scoring double and a Meador sacrifice fly to centerfield to put the game at its final of 9-3.

Offensively for the Toreros, Gelbrich led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one home run, one double and three RBI. Muno, Romanski and Kevin Hansen all went 2-for-4 as well at the plate.

Freshman Kyle Blair (3-3) picked up the win on the mound as he allowed three runs on five hits in 6.1 innings of work. Darrin Campbell picked up his first collegiate save as he allowed no runs on no hits in 2.1 innings of work. AJ Proszek (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Zags as he allowed five runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they head to UC Riverside for a 6 p.m. non-conference game

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