USD-UT: The Art of Bullfighting

By Glenn Tanner - February 04, 2007

According to Wikipedia, bullfighting consists of a torero executing “various formal moves with the goal of appearing graceful and confident, while masterful over the animal; these manuevers are performed at close range, concluding with the death of the bull by a well-placed sword thrust as the finale.”

Just like they were supposed to, the San Diego Toreros were graceful and confident today and emerged masterful over the Texas Longhorns by a 4-1 score, with Shane Buschini providing the well-placed sword thrust.

Buschini produced two important insurance runs with a homer in the top of the ninth, and freshman reliever AJ Griffin closed down the Longhorns for the save.

The stars of the game were the starting pitchers.

James Russell looks like he’ll be a stud for Texas. Today, he went seven innings and allowed only four hits and one walk. Jordan Abruzzo’s two-run 7th-inning homer probably ruined his day, though.

Matt Couch had a pretty nice weekend. Friday, he picked up a save, and today he got the win, going six innings, fanning six and allowing only five hits and one run.

San Diego showed a lot of talent and spunk this weekend. Ace Brian Matusz is a future major leaguer, Couch can also bring the cheese, Abruzzo and Buschini provide power, and Josh Romanski does it all. The rest of the West Coast Conference, including highly-ranked Pepperdine, had better watch out for the Bullfighters.

USD will take their 5-1 record back to California for a series with USC next weekend.

Texas is now 1-2. The Longhorns will host UT-Arlington Tuesday before also heading to California for a weekend series at Long Beach.

Random fact I meant to work in this weekend, but never found the place: San Diego’s media guide is 53 pages. UT’s media guide is 209 pages.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 04:39 PM on February 04, 2007

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