Ok -- I don't think Matusz is going to have too much trouble recovering from Portland's early 1-0 lead. He's got plenty of support as the Toreros absolutely rocked Portland pitcher Sean Sargent for seven runs in the bottom of the first. Everything that could possibly go wrong did.
Justin Snyder led off the inning with a single before Sean Nicol flied out to right field. From then on, it was a field day for USD. Jordan Abruzzo followed with a ground-ruled double that bounced over the center-field wall and would have surely scored Snyder from first. Not to worry -- the next three USD batters logged hits with two of them good for two bases.
Sargent followed up shortly by hitting Kevin Hansen with a pitch. Hansen then advanced to second and Logan Gelbrich to third on a wild pitch and Kevin Muno loaded the bases after being walked. Things then looked to be coming to a merciful end for Portland when Justin Snyder, in his second at-bat of the inning, hit a long fly ball to right fielder Danny Meier with two outs. But of course, Meier dropped the ball, allowing all three base runners to score before Nicol finally put the inning to an end when he flied out to left field.