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Busy Week Ahead for 16th-Ranked Toreros

Feb. 26, 2007

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IN A NUTSHELL: The 16th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (11-5) will hit the road for four games this week. The Toreros will first have a Tuesday game with No. 20 UC Riverside at 5 p.m. San Diego will then head to central Calif. for a three-game series with Fresno State. Friday's game will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday's game will begin at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday's game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

THE POLLS: The University of San Diego baseball team jumped up two spots in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll to No. 16 and remained at No. 21 in the latest Collegiate baseball top-30 poll. The Toreros have also made their season debut in the Rivals.com top-25 poll at No. 24. UC Riverside has made their season-debut in the top-25 at No. 20 in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll and Fresno State is not ranked in any of the polls.

LAST TIME OUT: San Diego posted a 2-1 record against Wake Forest University this past week. In Friday's game, The Toreros received another masterful performance from sophomore pitcher Brian Matusz as he allowed just one hit in 7.0 innings of work, while striking out 10 batters to move his season strikeout total to 54. In Saturday's game, the Toreros overcame a two-run deficit in the ninth inning to claim a 5-4 come-from-behind win. Freshman Kevin Muno recorded his first collegiate hit, the game winner in the bottom of the ninth to lift USD to victory. On Sunday, the Demon Deacons avoided the sweep by recording a 5-3 win as they scored two runs in the ninth to capture the victory. Josh Romanski had a solid outing on the mound for USD as he allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out seven in 6.0 innings of work.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: UC Riverside enters the week with a 9-4 overall record after taking two-of-three from San Diego State this past weekend. The Riverside offense is led by Carl Uhl, who has a team-leading .375 batting average with a team-best 18 hits, tied for the team-lead in doubles with five and is tied for the team-lead in home runs with two. On the mound, the Highlanders are led by James Simmons, who has a team-leading 0.62 ERA with a record of 4-0 and 34 strikeouts.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Fresno State enters the week with a 5-9 record after being swept by Pepperdine University this past weekend. The Bulldogs are led offensively by Erik Wetzel, who has a team-best .320 batting average, 16 hits, has one double and five RBI. On the mound, the Bulldogs look to Brandon Burke, who has a 3.86 ERA and a 1-2 record in four starts.

TORERO SKIPPER Rich Hill: San Diego's Rich Hill has built the USD Toreros into one of the most successful Division I baseball programs on the West Coast. The 2007 spring season will be Hill's 20th year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and ninth at USD, having enjoyed 16 winning seasons in 19 years. Since taking over at USD in 1999, Hill has been remarkable in leading the Toreros to eight consecutive winning campaigns, rewriting the school record book en route to claiming back-to-back West Coast Conference Championship titles in 2002 and 2003. Under his leadership San Diego has averaged 33 wins per season, including winning a school record 39 games in 2002, a year in which Hill was honored by his peers as the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year. In 2006, Hill led USD to its highest national ranking in program history at No. 8, as well as USD's first-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Regionals.

ROMANSKI HAS SOLID OUTING: Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Josh Romanski had a solid outing on the mound in Sunday's loss to Wake Forest. Romanski started the game and allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out seven batters in a no decision. At the plate for the weekend, Romanski went 5-for-7 (.714) with two runs scored.

MATUSZ NAMED NATIONAL AND WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: The University of San Diego's sophomore left-hander, Brian Matusz has been named the National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball as well as the WCC Pitcher of the Week. This marks the second time this season that Matusz has taken home the National Pitcher of the Week honor. Matusz was once again dominate on the mound for the Toreros in Friday's 2-0 series opening win over Wake Forest University. Matusz threw a 1-hit shutout in seven complete innings of work. He also posted 10 strikeouts to move his season total up to 54, the nation's best according to BoydsWorld.com. Matusz has posted three consecutive games of double-digit strikeouts and in his five outings the season, he has posted four double-digit strikeouts. Matusz is 3-0 on the season with a 1.71 ERA.

TOREROS ON THE AIR: Tuesday's game against UC Riverside can all be heard live via the internet at www.usdtoreros.com by the voice of the Toreros Jack Murray. Assisting Murray with the play-by-play will be Hall of Fame coach John Cunningham providing color commentary. This is a subscription service that will give you access to live video events of USD athletic teams, coaching interviews and much more. The cost for this service will be $6.95 per month or a yearly subscription can be purchased for $49.95.

SNYDER STILL LEADS THE TEAM IN HITTING: Junior second baseman Justin Snyder continues to lead the team in hitting through the early part of the season. Snyder has a team-best .429 batting average, leads the team in hits with 30, is tied for the team-lead in doubles with five, has one home run, seven RBI and 13 runs scored. This past week, Snyder went 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in the series against Wake Forest.

GELBRICH TAKING CARE OF THE PLATE: Junior catcher Logan Gelbrich has been making the most of his playing time as the USD starting catcher this season. The Toreros have not missed a beat at the catcher position as Gelbrich has only committed two fielding errors through 16 games. The junior from Los Angeles has also been a solid force at the plate for the Toreros as he is hitting .367 with 22 hits, three doubles, one home run, 11 RBI and 12 runs scored.

MUNO RECORDS FIRST COLLEGIATE HIT: Freshman outfielder Kevin Muno recorded his first collegiate hit this past weekend. One might wonder why this is such a big deal, well his hit was the game winner in Saturday's thrilling come-from-behind win over the Demon Deacons. Muno stepped to the plate with two outs and runners at second and third, and he delivered a hard shot to left field to drive in the winning run.

NOTES ON POSITION PLAYERS

Daniel Magness, SR, 1B - Magness went 3-for-8 at the plate for the Toreros this past weekend. On the season, the senior is hitting .313 with 15 hits, one double and 11 RBI.

Justin Snyder, JR, 2B - Snyder went 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles and two RBI this past week. On the season, Snyder continues to lead the team in hitting with his team-best .429 average, 30 hits, has seven doubles and seven RBI.

Sean Nicol, SO, SS - Nicol hit .250 this past week going 3-for-12 with one run scored. On the season, Nicol is hitting .295 with 18 hits, two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI.

Kevin Hansen, JR, 3B - Hansen is hitting .295 with 18 hits, two doubles, one triple, 11 RBI and seven runs scored.

Mike Metzger, JR, LF - Metzger is hitting .268 with 11 hits, two doubles, two RBI and nine runs scored on the season.

Josh Romanski, SO, CF - Romanski had a good week at the plate for the Toreros as he went 5-for-7 (.714) with two runs scored. He also had a good outing on the mound in Sunday's loss. He allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out seven in a no decision.

Shane Buschini, SR, RF - On the season, Buschini is hitting .266 with 17 hits, three doubles, a team-leading four home runs and 12 RBI.

Logan Gelbrich, JR, C - Gelbrich went 3-for-11 (.373) with one double, one RBI and one run scored this past week. On the season, Gelbrich is the team's second leading hitter in batting average at .367 with 22 hits, three doubles, one home run and 11 RBI.

Jordan Abruzzo, SR, DH - Abruzzo is the team's third leading hitter with his .333 batting average. He has 22 hits, is tied for the team-lead in doubles with five, is second on the team in home runs with three and leads the team in RBI with 17.