After Hot Start, University of San Diego Hits Snag, Drops 2 to Loyola Marymount

Entering weekend play, the Toreros had been off to their best start since 2002. Photo credit:

The University of San Diego dropped the final game of a three-game set Sunday, as Loyola Marymount University took two out of three at home from the Toreros.

Over the weekend, the Toreros:

  • Fell 9-5 Friday, unable to overcome LMU’s 5-run fourth inning.
  • Shut out the Lions 6-0 Saturday, led by freshmen pitchers Carter Rustad and Ivran Romero, a Poway High School grad.
  • Lost 4-2 Sunday, though graduate student Kieran Shaw pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to finish the contest.

After the series, USD’s record is 20-7, best in the West Coast Conference. In WCC play, though, they are 6-3, tied for second place as one of four teams with .667 winning percentages.

The Toreros, though, before facing LMU ( 11-18, 4-8 WCC) had been off to their best start in nearly 20 years. They had the same record, 19-5, through 24 games in 2002.

USD also placed in the Collegiate Baseball national poll for the third week in a row last week, moving up two spots to No. 27.