POSTED: Saturday February 21st 2009

URBAN INVITATIONAL OFFICIAL RESULTS – 2/20/09 GAME #2, USD vs. Southern University

2009 MLB Urban Invitational


COMPTON, Calif.—- Sammy Solis scattered four hits over six innings, allowing just one run as the  University of San Diego held on for a 6-4 win over Southern University in the second game of the 2009 MLB Urban Invitational on Friday night.


Solis, a sophomore from Litchfield Park, Ariz., was in control throughout the whole game, striking out nine and not allowing a Jaguar to reach third.


The Toreros, ranked No. 11 in the Baseball America Preseason Poll, recorded four runs early in the bottom of the first inning to help support Solis, the first two coming off a sacrifice fly by Sean Nicol and an RBI-single by Jose Valero. San Diego then broke the inning open with a two-run double by Tony Strazzara which made it 4-0 Toreros early.


San Diego added another run in the top of the second inning, chasing Southern starter Kyle Wahl who suffered the loss.


Southern cut the lead to one with a four spot in the top of the seventh, benefiting from an error by the Toreros second baseman on what looked to be a tailor-made double play to the end the inning. Toddrick Stevenson capped the inning with a double to right-center field, his second in as many innings.


The Toreros scored a big insurance run in the bottom of the seventh thanks to an RBI double off the bat of Zach Walters.


From that point, the game was put into the hands of San Diego closer A.J. Griffin. The junior struck out four batters over the final 2-1/3 innings to record his first save of the season.


Southern relief pitcher James Spear did an excellent job in relief of the batter starter. The senior allowed just one run on six hits over six innings, keeping his team in the game after the five early runs.


Both teams return to action on Saturday (Feb. 21). The University of San Diego will take on Bethune-Cookman University at 2:00 p.m. while Southern University faces off against San Diego State University at 6:00 p.m.



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