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Athletics Roundup: Tennis Teams Fall in NCAA Tourney; Baseball, Softball, Torero Tidbits

Maria-Paula Torres, USD women's tennis playerGui Osorio and his USD men's tennis teammates defeated Minnesota in the first round, but then fell to No. 8 USC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament over the weekend.

Both University of San Diego men and women’s tennis teams saw their seasons conclude last weekend in the NCAA Team Tournament brackets that had them both competing in Los Angeles.

The men’s team, ranked 31st in the nation and entering the NCAA Tournament as West Coast Conference regular-season and WCC Tournament champions for the fifth and sixth time, respectively, won its first-round match, a 4-1 victory over No. 38 Minnesota, on May 3 in the USC-hosted Regional.

However, No. 8 USC swept USD, 4-0, in a competitive second-round match on May 4 at the Marks Tennis Stadium on the USC campus. The Toreros (21-5) took three singles matches to the third set and nearly took a fourth but the Trojans (23-7) were able to win a tiebreaker in a second-set to secure the victory.

Against Minnesota, USD won the doubles point on wins by Joel Gamerov-August Holmgren and Nico Borter-Gui Osorio. USD took a 2-0 lead with a singles win by Noah Dufort, but Minnesota won at No. 5 position to cut the lead to 2-1. Borter and Osorio won their singles matches to give USD the team win.

Meanwhile, across town at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, the UCLA-hosted NCAA women’s tennis regional had No. 38 USD facing No. 28 Louisiana State University (LSU) in the first round on May 4. The result was a 4-2 LSU victory and USD’s season record concluding at 17-5 overall.

The two USD points came on singles victories by No. 1 Solymar Colling, a freshman, and senior No. 5 Maria-Paula Torres.

Colling, ranked 58th nationally, earned one of the most impressive victories of her stellar first season, defeating No. 12 Eden Richardson, 6-3, 7-5. Colling played every match at No. 1 this season and improved to 15-5 in dual matches on the year.

Next Matches: Gui Osorio (singles), August Holmgren-Joel Gamerov (doubles), Solymar Colling (women's singles) each qualified for the NCAA Division I Individual Championships, May 20-25, USTA National Campus, Orlando, Fla.

Baseball

Without any midweek games, USD appeared fresher and raring to go in its final West Coast Conference road trip of the season at Santa Clara. The Toreros won two of three games to win the series, including a 14-6 triumph to open it on May 3.

In the opening game, USD had 15 hits, but a crazy first inning had the Toreros down 6-4. The Toreros didn't give up another run in the game, scoring three in the fourth to take the lead and seven more runs for the final score. Jeff Houghtby and Stephen Dubb each had three hits, Shane McGuire and Paul Kuntz had two apiece and all four USD players had two RBI. Anthony Donatella came on in relief of USD starter Grady Miller and pitched 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts.

Saturday's game was a 6-2 loss with USD's runs coming on a fielder's choice by McGuire and a ground-rule double by Houghtby.

In Sunday's series finale, USD got a six-run sixth inning that proved to be the difference in holding off the Broncos, 8-6. Santa Clara scored three runs in the eighth to make it close, but USD was able to get the conference series sweep. Big hits by the Toreros included RBI singles by Adam Kerner (2 RBI), Paul Kunst, and a two-run triple by Cody Jefferis and two RBI by Chris McCready.

The series win gave USD a 28-20 overall mark and 12-12 in conference action.

Remaining Games: USD hosts UC Irvine, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Fowler Park; USD hosts Pacific, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 6 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 1 p.m., Fowler Park; USD hosts California Baptist, Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m., Fowler Park.

Softball

The USD softball team's final homestand of the season ended as a three-game West Coast Conference sweep by Santa Clara on May 4-5 at the USD Softball Complex.

The Broncos swept a doubleheader on Saturday winning 6-2 in the opener and then taking a six-inning, 11-3, triumph in the second game. On Sunday, which was Senior Day for five USD players, Santa Clara won 7-3. The losses sent the Toreros' overall record to 19-27 and 3-9 in WCC play.

Each side had 10 hits in Saturday's opener, but Santa Clara led 4-0 before USD scored its first run on a Lauren Kane RBI double in the fourth inning. Santa Clara tacked on another run in the fifth and USD answered with an RBI single by Sophia Bjerk for a 5-2 deficit. Santa Clara closed it out with an insurance run in the seventh. In Game Two, Santa Clara broke open a 3-3 game with a six-run fifth inning and two more runs in the sixth for the inning-shortened game. USD scored all of its runs in the fourth inning with Kane hit a two-run home run and Sara Silveyra had a sacrifice fly.

On Sunday, Kelly Clanton, Shelbi Evans, Lauren Kane, Shannon McKeon and Taylor Spence were the USD senior softball players feted, but the Broncos led 6-0 before USD got a run in the fifth and then scored two more in the seventh inning. Evans had a run-scoring single and Amanda Valle drove in Spence with a single and Clanton had a sacrifice fly.

Remaining Games: USD at Saint Mary's, Friday, 3 p.m., Saturday (DH), 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Moraga, Calif.

Torero Tidbits

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