April 3, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The University of San Diego baseball team (23-12, 1-2 WCC) will hit the road for the second consecutive week to continue conference action as they head to Moraga, Calif. for a three-game series with Saint Mary's College. USD will open play on Thursday at 3 p.m., then will play Friday at 2 p.m. and on Saturday at 1 p.m. In honor of the holiday this weekend, the Toreros series has been moved up one day to have Easter Sunday off.
BUSCHINI HAS A SOLID WEEK: Senior right fielder Shane Buschini had a solid week at the plate for the Toreros. The San Ramon, Calif. native went 4-for-13 (.308) with two doubles and two RBI. Buschini has moved his batting average on the season up to .301 with 40 hits, a team-leading 11 doubles, has one triple and a team-best seven home runs.
LAST TIME OUT: San Diego posted a .500 record this past week going 2-2. The Toreros began the week with a 9-3 win over cross-town rival San Diego State University. In the game, the Toreros used a eight-run second inning to cruise to the victory. Offensively for the Toreros, Jordan Abruzzo and Kevin Hansen led the way each going 2-for-4 with two RBI. On Friday, the Toreros dropped their West Coast Conference opener to Gonzaga, 6-3. Offensively for the Toreros, both Kevin Muno and Shane Buschini led the way with their 2-for-4 performances. On Saturday, the Toreros bounced back to even the series with a 4-1 win. Josh Romanski tossed a gem in helping lead USD to the win. The sophomore left-hander allowed one run, while scattering fours hits in 7.2 innings of work. Freshman AJ Griffin (5-1) came in to throw 1.1 innings and pick up the win as he allowed no runs on two hits. USD scored three runs in the top of the ninth to claim the win. Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way with his 3-for-5, one RBI performance. Daniel Magness went 2-for-2 and Hansen went 2-for-3 as the only other USD players to record multiple hits. On Sunday, the Zags stunned USD with a 6-1 win to claim the opening WCC series for both teams.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's College enters the week with an overall record of 16-12-1 and a 0-3 mark in the WCC after being swept by Pepperdine this past weekend in the WCC opening series for both teams. The Toreros took two-of-three from the Gales this past season in San Diego. The SMC offense is led by Randy Wells, who has a team-leading .389 batting average, has a team-best 42 hits, has five doubles, two triples, one home run and 25 RBI. On the mound, the Gales will turn to Sean Gleason, who has a 3.38 ERA and a record of 4-2.
ABRUZZO HOMERS HIS WAY INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Senior catcher Jordan Abruzzo recorded his sixth home run of the season in Friday's loss to Gonzaga. With the home run, Abruzzo has now recorded 33 career jacks, which places him fifth all-time at USD in career-home runs, just one ahead of Kevin Herde (1990-93) and one shy of Greg Sain (1999-2001). Abruzzo now has 263 career-hits, which places him sixth all-time at USD, just one shy of Mark Trafton (1985-88). The senior from El Cajon is also among the all-time leaders in doubles hit with 53, placing him in a tie for fifth with Chuck Graham (1986-89). On the season, Abruzzo has moved his batting average up to .295 with 43 hits, seven doubles, one triple, six home runs and a team-leading 38 RBI.
TOREROS CONTINUE DOMINANCE OVER AZTECS: With the 9-3 win over San Diego State this past Tuesday, the Toreros have now won seven consecutive games over their heated cross-town rival and have also won nine of the last 10 against SDSU. USD won all four games they played this past season and will look to complete a three-game sweep over the Aztecs on April 17 with a 6 p.m. game at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
ROMANSKI NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE MONTH: Sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski has just finished up a solid month of play both on the mound and at the plate. The Corona, Calif. native took the mound on Saturday against Gonzaga and was lights out as he allowed one run, while scattering fours hits in 7.2 innings of work. He also struck out five batters. Romanski posted a perfect 3-0 record for the month of March, which was highlighted by some big performances in wins against UC Irvine and No. 13 Cal State Fullerton. In the win against UC Irvine, Romanski allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out seven batters in 8.0 innings of work. Romanski only allowed one runner to reach second base and never allowed more then one runner on in any of his eight innings. Irvine entered the game with a .329 team batting average and Romanski shut down the high-powered Anteater offense. He then followed that up with another dominating performance over No. 13 Cal State Fullerton. In that game, Romanski retired his first 15 batters before giving up a hit, as he allowed just one run on three hits, while striking out six in 8.0 innings of work. ForMarch, he posted a 3-0 record with an ERA of 1.17. The two-way star was also a solid force at the plate as he hit .352 with 25 hits, two doubles, one triple, one home run and five RBI. On the season, Romanski is hitting .331 with 42 hits, five doubles, two triples, one home run and nine RBI. Romanski's pitching numbers on the season are also solid as he is 4-1 with a 3.27 ERA.
NICOL FINISHED SOLID MOTH AS WELL: San Diego sophomore shortstop Sean Nicol has been the most consistent hitter for the Toreros at the plate in the month of March. He helped lead USD to a 12-5 record for March in which he led the team in hitting with a .359 batting average, had four doubles, one home run and five RBI. The transfer from the University of Portland has also been a defensive help for the Toreros as he simply continues to make outstanding diving catches and has displayed a strong and accurate throwing arm. On the season, Nicol has a team-best .333 batting average with 44 hits, seven doubles, one triple, three home runs and 12 RBI.
HANSEN QUIETLY HAS A SOLID MONTH: Junior third baseman Kevin Hansen quietly had a strong month offensively for the Toreros. He was second on the team in hitting with a .357 batting average, had 20 hits, five doubles, one triple and eight RBI. On the season, Hansen has moved his batting average up to .306 with 38 hits, seven doubles, two triples and 19 RBI.
NOTES ON POSITION PLAYERS
Daniel Magness, SR, 1B - Magness went 3-for-12 (.250) with one RBI and one run scored this past week. On the season, he his hitting .291 with 34 hits, two doubles and 18 RBI.
Justin Snyder, JR, 2B - Snyder is the team's third leading hitter on the season with a .317 batting average. The junior has a team-leading 46 hits, eight doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI.
Sean Nicol, SO, SS - Nicol has now become the team's leading hitter with a .333 overall batting average. He has 44 hits, seven doubles, one triple, three home runs and 12 RBI. He is also bolstering a .470 slugging percentage.
Kevin Hansen, JR, 3B - Hansen went 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and two RBI this past week. On the season, Hansen is hitting .306 with 38 hits, seven doubles, two triples and 19 RBI.
Kevin Muno, FR, LF - Muno had a solid week at the plate, as he went 5-for-15 (.333) with one RBI and one run scored. On the season, Muno is hitting .326 with 15 hits, two doubles, one triple and two RBI.
Josh Romanski, SO, CF - Romanski is the team's second leading hitter with a .331 batting average. He has 42 hits, five doubles, two triples, one home run and nine RBI on the season. He is also a solid force on the mound for USD, as he has an overall record of 4-1 and an ERA of 3.27.
Shane Buschini, SR, RF - This past week, Buschini went 4-for-13 (.308) with two doubles and two RBI. On the season, Buschini is hitting .301 with 40 hits, a team-leading 11 doubles, seven home runs, has one triple and 27 RBI. Buschini is also bolstering a team-leading .556 slugging percentage.
Jordan Abruzzo, SR, C - Abruzzo had the best week at the plate for USD this past week, as he went 6-for-16 (.333) with one home run and five RBI. On the season, Abruzzo is hitting .295 with 43 hits, seven doubles, one triple, six home runs and a team-leading 38 RBI.
Logan Gelbrich, JR, DH - On the season, Gelbrich is hitting .288 with 34 hits, five doubles, one home run and 16 RBI, while rotating between the catcher, designated hitter and left field positions.
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.