March 5, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (12-8) will hit the road on Tuesday for a mid-week showdown with UC Irvine at 6 p.m. The Toreros will then play their next three-games in San Diego. On Friday, USD will begin play in the San Diego State Tournament at Cunningham Stadium against Michigan with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. On Saturday, the Toreros will head to Petco Park to play the University of Oklahoma in a 3 p.m. game. USD will then conclude their week with a 4 p.m. game on Sunday against cross-town rival San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
THE POLLS: After USD posted a 1-3 record this past week, the Toreros have fallen six spots in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll to No. 22. UC Irvine, Oklahoma, San Diego State and Michigan are not ranked.
LAST TIME OUT: San Diego posted a 1-3 record this past week. The Toreros opened up the week with a 9-4 loss to, then-No. 20, UC Riverside. In the game, Sean Nicol led the way as he went 3-for-4 with one double and one run scored. Kevin Muno was also a solid force at the plate for USD as he went 2-for-3 with one double and one run scored. On Friday, USD fell to Fresno State, 12-4. In the game, Kevin Hansen led the way as he went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBI. Nicol also had a solid day at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with one RBI. On Saturday, the Toreros evened the series with FSU with a 8-2 win. In the game, Josh Romanski went 3-for-5 with one double and two runs scored. Justin Snyder went 3-for-6 with one double, one home run and two RBI. On Sunday, the Bulldogs claimed the series with a 6-2 win. In the game, Nicol, Shane Buschini, Snyder and Mike Metzger all went 2-for-4 and Logan Gelbrich went 2-for-2 to lead the Toreros offense. Both Buschini and Gelbrich added an RBI.
SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS: UC Irvine enters the week with an overall record of 12-4-1 after splitting four games this past week. UCI opened the week with a 13-2 loss to Pepperdine, the dropped the series opener against Washington, 1-0 on Friday. The Anteaters then rebounded and won the final two games of the week over Washington, 17-3 and 6-3. The offensive leader for the Anteaters is Matt Morris, who is hitting .459 with 28 hits, four doubles, four home runs and a team-best 18 RBI. On the mound Tuesday against the Toreros will be Corey Hamilton. Hamilton enters the game with a 0-0 record and an ERA of 3.86, while making two appearances this season.
SCOUTING THE WOLOVRINES: Michigan enters the week with an overall record of 5-2 after splitting four games this past week. The Wolverines dropped a mid-week game against Central Florida, 6-7. Michigan then split two games with Troy and ended the week with a win against Mississippi State. Jason Christian is the team's leading hitter with a .440 batting average, 11 hits, four doubles and three RBI. On the mound, the Toreros will face Andrew Hess, who has a record of 1-0 and an ERA of 2.92 in 12.1 total innings of work.
SCOUTING THE SOONERS: Oklahoma enters the week with a 9-4 overall record after sweeping No. 20 UC Riverside this past weekend to run their winning streak to seven games. The Sooners offense is led by Aaron Baker, who is hitting .442 with 23 hits, seven doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI. Ryan Mottern leads the pitching rotation for the Sooners with his 2-2 record and ERA of 3.80 in 21.1 innings of work in the early part of the season.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS: SDSU enters the week with an overall record of 11-8 after winning three of their past five games. Troy Hanzawa leads the Aztecs offense with his .311 batting average, 23 hits, one double, two triples and 12 RBI. On the mound, the Aztecs look to Donnie Hume to anchor down things. He has a record of 3-2 with a 2.59 ERA.
MATUSZ NAMED WCC CO-PITCHER OF THE MONTH: The University of San Diego sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz has been named the West Coast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Month for February. Matusz has led San Diego to a fast start to the 2007 season, turning in dominating performances as USD's Friday starter. The southpaw posted a perfect 3-0 record during the month of February, with a 1.71 ERA. The sophomore led the nation in strikeouts during the month, fanning 54 batters and earning Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week honors twice, the WCC Pitcher of the Week award once as well as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Pitcher of the Week award once during February. Matusz struck out 13 batters in two different outings, tying him for second place on the San Diego single-game list, and recorded double-digit strikeouts in four-of-five starts. He helped guide USD to a No. 16 national ranking during the month, and an 11-6 start to the season.
TOREROS ON THE AIR: All of this week's games can all be heard live via the internet at www.usdtoreros.com by the voice of the Toreros Jack Murray. 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.
HOLZHAUER HAS SOLID OUTING: Junior right-hander Russell Holzhauer had a solid outing on the mound this past week against UC Riverside. Holzhauer came in for 5.0 innings of relief and only allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out a career-high five batters. On the season, Holzhauer is 0-0 with a 3.12 ERA in 8.2 innings of work.
NICOL'S RED HOT BAT: Sophomore shortstop Sean Nicol had a productive week at the plate for the Toreros this past week. He went 8-for-16 (.500) with three doubles, one RBI and eight runs scored. On the season, Nicol is the teams third leading hitter with a .338 batting average, has 26 hits, five doubles, one triple, two home runs and eight RBI.
BUSCHINI COMING ALIVE AT THE PLATE: Senior right fielder Shane Buschini has been coming on strong at the plate as of late for the Toreros. This past week, Buschini went 5-for-14 (.357) with three doubles, one home run and five RBI. On the season, Buschini is hitting .282 with 22 hits, is tied for the team-lead in doubles with six, leads the team in home runs with five and has 17 RBI.
NOTES ON POSITION PLAYERS
Daniel Magness, SR, 1B - Magness is hitting .290 with 18 hits, one double and 12 RBI on the young season, while also playing solid defense at first base, only committing two errors.
Justin Snyder, JR, 2B - Snyder continues to lead the team in hitting with his .398 batting average, team-best 35 hits, has six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI. Snyder also boasts a .534 slugging percentage and a .455 on-base percentage.
Sean Nicol, SO, SS - Nicol had a productive week at the plate for the Toreros this past week. He went 8-for-16 (.500) with three doubles, one RBI and eight runs scored. On the season, Nicol is the teams third leading hitter with a .338 batting average, has 26 hits, five doubles, one triple, two home runs and eight RBI.
Kevin Hansen, JR, 3B - Hansen went 4-for-14 (.286) this past week with two doubles and two RBI. On the season, Hansen is hitting .293 with 22 hits, four doubles, one triple and 13 RBI.
Mike Metzger, JR, LF - Metzger went 3-for-6 with one double and one RBI this past week. On the season, Metzger is hitting .298 with 14 hits, three doubles and three RBI.
Josh Romanski, SO, CF - Romanski went 6-for-19 (.316) with two doubles and one RBI this past week. On the season, Romanski is hitting .324 with 22 hits, four doubles, one triple and four RBI.
Shane Buschini, SR, RF - This past week, Buschini 5-for-14 (.357) with three doubles, one home run and five RBI. On the season, Buschini is hitting .282 with 22 hits, is tied for the team-lead in doubles with six, leads the team in home runs with five and has 17 RBI.
Logan Gelbrich, JR, C - Gelbrich went 4-for-15 (.267) with one double and one RBI this past week. On the season, Gelbrich is the teams second leading hitter with a .347 batting average, has 26 hits, four doubles, one home run and 13 RBI.
Jordan Abruzzo, SR, DH - Abruzzo is hitting .313 with 25 hits, five doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI on the young season.
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.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: All USD home games, as well as select road games, will be streamed live via video on the athletics department website. Fans can watch all the action live from the comfort of their home by logging onto usdtoreros.com. Once on the home page, click the LIVE button on the top right of the page. 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.
RECRUITING CLASS RANKED NO. 6: StudentSportsBaseball.com released their list of the Top 20 college baseball recruiting classes in the country and the University of San Diego checks in at No. 6. San Diego's recruiting class includes two AFLAC All-Americans - outfielder Sequoyah Stonecipher (Mission Bay HS) and right-handed pitcher Kyle Blair (Los Gatos HS). The recruiting class also includes one Team USA member in Victor Sanchez (Gahr HS), four players have earned All-CIF honors and all 10 student-athletes have earned all-league first- or second-team honors on their respective high school teams. This group will report to USD in the fall of 2007.
2007 GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All of San Diego's home games, as well as select road games, can be followed via Gametracker on the Toreros athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Gametracker is a service of Online College Sports, the official web provider for San Diego athletics, and is a real time update of the action.