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Titans and Cougars Up Next For Toreros

March 13, 2007

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IN A NUTSHELL: The 22nd-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (15-9) will hit the road on Tuesday for a mid-week showdown with No. 13 Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. inside of Goodwin Field. The Toreros will then host the University of Houston in a three-game series at Cunningham Stadium. Friday's game has been moved from a 2 p.m. start to a 3 p.m. start because of daylight savings. Both Saturday's and Sunday's games will begin at 1 p.m.

THE POLLS: After USD posted a 3-1 record this past week, the Toreros remain at the No. 22 spot in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll and have moved into No. 25 in the latest Rivals.com top-25 poll. Cal State Fullerton is ranked No. 13 in the Baseball America poll, No. 15 in the Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll and No. 10 in the Rivals.com top-25 poll. Houston is not ranked.LAST TIME OUT: San Diego posted a 3-1 record this past week. USD began the week with a 2-0 win over No. 29 UC Irvine, thanks to Josh Romanski's two-hit, eight inning masterpiece, in which he also struck out seven batters. USD then pulled off a three-run ninth inning rally to come-from-behind and defeat Michigan, 7-6. Offensively for the Toreros, Jordan Abruzzo led the way with his 3-for-5, four RBI performance. USD then suffered a 6-4 loss to Oklahoma at Petco Park, and bounced back with its sixth straight win over cross-town rival San Diego State on Sunday with a 6-4 win. In the game, AJ Griffin (3-1) picked up the win on the mound for USD, as he allowed one run on one hit, while striking out seven in 5.0 innings of work. Shane Buschini had a solid performance at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with one run scored.

SCOUTING THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton enters the week with a 12-8 overall record after getting swept by East Carolina this past weekend. The Titans will have a Tuesday game with No. 11 Pepperdine before taking on the Toreros. The Titans are led offensively by Clark Hardman, who has a team-leading .373 batting average, team-best 31 hits, has four doubles, two triples, two home runs and 19 RBI. On the mound, the Titans rotation is led by Jeff Kaplan, who has a 3-2 record and an ERA of 3.67.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS: Houston enters the week with a 11-9 overall record after sweeping Princeton this past weekend. Houston will have a mid-week game with Lousiana-Lafayette before heading to San Diego this weekend. Offensively for the Cougars, Jamie Cesario leads the way with his .377 batting average, team-leading 29 hits, has five doubles, one triple, three home runs and 15 RBI. On the mound, the Houston rotation is anchored by Wes Musik, who has a overall record of 3-3 and an ERA of 4.15.

TOREROS ON THE AIR: Wednesday's game against Cal State Fullerton as well as Friday's game against Houston 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.

ROMANSKI NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore let-hander Josh Romanski of the University of San Diego baseball team has been named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Monday by the conference office. Romanski tossed a gem to help lead USD to a 2-0 non-conference win over No. 29 UC Irvine this past Tuesday. Romanski allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out seven batters. Romanski only allowed one runner to reach second base and never allowed more then one runner on in any of his eight innings, including retiring 11 consecutive batters at one point. Irvine, as a team, entered the game with a .329 batting average and Romanski shut down the high-powered Anteater offense. On the season, Romanski has a 2-1 record with an ERA of 4.45.

BUSCHINI TIES PERSONAL BEST: Senior right fielder Shane Buschini launched his team-leading sixth home run of the season in Friday's win over Michigan. The six home runs ties his single-season career-best mark from his sophomore season of 2005. On the season, Buschini is hitting .298 with 28 hits, seven doubles and 18 RBI.

GRIFFIN CONTINUES TO IMPRESS: Freshman right-handed pitcher AJ Griffin continues to impress all who watch him. This past week, Griffin picked up a save and a win to pick up his team-best fifth save. In the win against UC Irvine, he closed out the dominating performance by Josh Romanski, allowing no runs on no hits in 1.0 innings of work. He then came in for relief of Ricardo Pecina on Sunday in the fifth inning and shut down the Aztecs allowing one run on one hit, while striking out seven. On the season, Griffin has an overall record of 3-1 with an ERA of 3.48.

TOREROS HAVE FOUR NAMED TO THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: The University of San Diego baseball team had four players named to the All-Tournament team at the Tony Gwynn Classic this past weekend. The USD players named to the all-tournament team were, right fielder Shane Buschini, center fielder Josh Romanski, third baseman Kevin Hansen and pitcher AJ Griffin.- Buschini led the team in hitting over the weekend as he went 6-for-12 (.500) with one double, one home run, one RBI and four runs scored. Buschini has now moved his season batting average up to .298 with 28 hits, a team-leading seven doubles, team-best six home runs and has 18 RBI.- Hansen was also a solid force at the plate this past weekend for the Toreros as he went 3-for-8 (.375) with one triple, one RBI and three runs scored. Hansen was also rock solid in the field as he committed no fielding errors and made several great defensive plays to help the Toreros post a 2-1 record.- Romanski's bat was also sold this past weekend as he went 4-for-12 with one double, one home run, one RBI and four runs scored. Romanski has moved his batting average up to .333 with 28 hits, five doubles, one triple, one home run and five RBI.- Griffin came in on Sunday in relief of Ricardo Pecina and was lights out for USD on the mound. The game was tied at 3-3 when he entered the game in the fifth inning and he shut down the Aztecs only allowing one run on one hit, while striking out seven batters in helping USD win its sixth consecutive game over SDSU. On the season, Griffin has an overall record of 3-1 with an ERA of 3.48.

NOTES ON POSITION PLAYERS

Daniel Magness, SR, 1B - Magness went 5-for-16 with one double and three RBI this past week. His two-run double against SDSU on Sunday lifted USD to the 6-4 win. On the season, he is hitting .295 with 23 hits, two doubles and 15 RBI.

Justin Snyder, JR, 2B - Snyder continues to lead the team in hitting with his .353 batting average, team-best 36 hits, has six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI.

Sean Nicol, SO, SS - Nicol went 4-for-16 with one RBI and two runs scored this past week. On the season, Nicol is batting .323, with 29 hits, four doubles, one home run and 15 RBI.

Kevin Hansen, JR, 3B - Hansen went 3-for-8 (.375) with one triple, one RBI and three runs scored this past weekend in being named to the All-Tournament team. On the season, Hansen is hitting .291 with 25 hits, four doubles, two triples and 14 RBI.

Kevin Muno, FR, LF - Muno went 2-for-7 with one triple and one run scored this past week while splitting time in left field with Mike Metzger. On the season, Muno is hitting .294 with five hits, one double, one triple and one RBI.

Josh Romanski, SO, CF - Romanski had his second consecutive solid week at the plate for USD as he went 6-for-16 with one double, one home run, one RBI and four runs scored. On the season, Romanski is hitting .333 with 28 hits, five doubles, one triple and one home run.

Shane Buschini, SR, RF - This past week, Buschini went 6-for-16 with one double, one home run, one RBI and four runs scored. On the season, Buschini leads the team in home runs with six, is hitting .298, has seven doubles and 18 RBI.

Logan Gelbrich, JR, C - Gelbrich is the team's second leading hitter with a .333 batting average. He has 29 hits, four doubles, one home run and 15 RBI.

Jordan Abruzzo, SR, DH - Abruzzo is hitting .296 with 29 hits, five doubles, one triple, three home runs and a team-leading 24 RBI.

MR. MIDDLE RELIEF: Senior Anthony Slama has been a solid middle relief pitcher for the USD pitching staff this season. This past week, Slama threw 5.2 scoreless innings of middle relief work, allowing just one run on four hits. On the season, Slama is 0-2 with an ERA of 4.57.

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.