Feb. 12, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team remains in the top-25 despite dropping 2-of-3 to the University of Southern California this past weekend. The Toreros drop one spot in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll to No. 18 and drop four spots in the latest Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll to No. 22.
The Toreros got solid performances over the weekend with Justin Snyder having the best offensive production at the plate. Snyder went 9-for-14 (.643) with one RBI and two runs scored. In Saturday's win over the Trojans, Snyder went 5-for-6, just one hit away from setting a new USD single-game record. In Sunday's 10 innings loss, Snyder was again solid at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with one run scored.
The Toreros pitching was also a highlight of the weekend as Brian Matusz continued his impressive start to the season on Friday. He allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits, while tying a career-high 13 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work as USD's starter. Matusz now has 34 strikeouts on the season. The 13 strikeouts ties him for second in single-game strikeouts at USD, and places him just one shy of the school record of 14 held by Mike Saipe.
AJ Griffin also turned in a solid performance in Saturday's win. The freshman from Grossmont High School threw 5.0 innings allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out five.
The 18th-ranked Toreros will return to action on Thursday as they begin a four-game series with Virginia Commonwealth University at 2 p.m. inside the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium.