Feb. 12, 2008
Three WCC standouts were named preseason All-American by Baseball America last week. Pepperdine right-hander Brett Hunter and San Diego left-hander Brian Matusz were tabbed for first team honors, while Torero two-way standout Josh Romanski was named to the second team.
Hunter was also named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List in December, which is awarded to the nation's top collegiate player, and it marks the second consecutive season that Hunter has been named a preseason All-American, as he was named to the 2007 preseason squad by the NCBWA. In 2007, Hunter went 6-5 for the Waves with a 3.94 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 82.1 innings pitched.
Matusz, who was also selected to the preseason Brooks Wallace Award Watch list earlier this season, returns for his junior campaign after putting together a stellar season on the mound for the Toreros. He finished his sophomore season with an overall record of 10-3 and an ERA of 2.85. Matusz set the USD single-season strikeout record with 163, and was also an All-WCC first team honoree.
Romanski, also a member of the preseason Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, is a valuable two-way star for the Toreros. Romanski posted a 9-1 record on the mound with a 3.05 ERA, and was the team's third-leading hitter with a .335 batting average. He also had 75 hits, 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 30 RBI while rotating between the pitcher, designated hitter and centerfield positions.
All three All-American honorees competed on the USA Collegiate National Team last summer.