Around the Bases
Matusz and Gelbrich
lead No. 12 San Diego past LMU
By Abbey Mastracco
LINDA VISTA, Calif. — Brian Matusz proved too hot to handle
Friday afternoon at Cunningham as San Diego extended its winning
streak to 14 games in an 11-4 rout of West Coast
Conference-rival Loyola Marymount.
The All-American right-hander Matusz pitched five shutout
innings before allowing three unearned runs in the sixth. The
Toreros (11-2, 33-11) have allowed just one earned run in four
straight conference games, as Matt Thompson let just one cross
the plate in the ninth.
“We’ve got a couple good little streaks,” said San Diego head
coach Rich Hill. “Obviously, 14-games, school record is nice but
we come out every day and say ‘We’re going to start a one-game
streak today.’ I think that’s really been the key to our
success, just really staying in the moment, really staying in
Matusz was not as on point as usual, but made good work of LMU
(5-8, 20-21), holding them to six hits and three unearned runs
in seven innings. Matusz whiffed nine on the day, only fitting
as he moved to 9-1 on the season. Andy Beal (4-5) was charged
with the loss.
don’t [Matusz] was really sharp today,” Hill said. “We expected
that at some point of the year.”
“My fastball was very good for the most part, I was able to
locate it low all day,” Matusz said. “I just had that one rough
Matusz’s control did waver on his off-speed pitches, as he hit
two batters with his curveball and left two up that resulted in
doubles in the sixth.
“My curveball today — I didn’t finish it a few times,” Matusz
said. “But that’s going to happen this late in the season.
The Toreros wasted no time getting on board taking two runs from
Lion starter Andy Beal in the first and second and another pair
in the fourth.
Down 6-0, the Lions managed to cut the Toreros’ lead in half
midway through, but a pitching breakdown in the bottom of the
sixth provided for a big, five-run inning for San Diego.
The Toreros batted around as they faced Beal, Chris Eusebio and
Lee Roberts. Beal left the game with one-out and a runner on
third, and Eusebio immediately hit Nick McCoy and missed a
squeeze play that resulted in an RBI bunt single by Kevin Muno
(2 for 5, two runs, two RBI). Eusebio then walked Sean Nichol (2
for 4, one run, two RBI) and a second base error allowed James
Meador (two runs, one RBI) to reach on a fielder’s choice.
Roberts then came on the hill for the Lions and got the second
out, but Logan Gelbrich (2 for 5, four RBI) got his second
clutch two-out, two-RBI hit of the day as he sliced a blooper
into right, capping off the five-run inning. Gelbrich’s hit gave
the Toreros an 11-3 lead and eliminated LMU’s chances.
Despite the fact that LMU entered Friday’s contest having lost
three straight WCC series, the anticipation of playing a rival
was heightened, especially since USD fell to the Lions earlier
in the season in San Diego State’s Aztec Invitational.
“LMU is always a war for us,” Hill said. “They’re so well
coached and they just give you such a tough at-bat all of the
time. They’ve got a veteran group, and it’s always tough with
“LMU is a very good team and we knew that coming in today
because they beat us pretty bad last time,” Matusz said. “We
knew that they were going to come out swinging the bats.”
The Lions did swing the bats, as they were only out-hit by one,
11-10. Michael Glomb extended his hit streak to 11 games and A.J.
LaMonda, Angeleo Songo, Ryan Wheeler and Matt Koch each recorded
The series continues Saturday at Cunningham Stadium with the
undefeated southpaw Josh Romanski (7-0, 3.88) slated to square
off against righty Xavier Esquivel.