April 9, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The 21st-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (26-12, 4-2 WCC) will finally return to the friendly confines of Cunningham Stadium after being on the road the past two weeks. The Toreros will host UC Riverside in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 3 p.m., then will host the University of Portland in a three-game West Coast Conference series this weekend. Friday's game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start and both Saturday's and Sunday's games will begin at 1 p.m.
THE POLLS: After posting a three-game sweep over Saint Mary's this past week, the Toreros have jumped back into the national rankings. USD has moved up to No. 21 in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll and are also ranked No. 24 in both the Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll and in the Rivals.com top-25 poll. UC Riverside and Portland are not ranked.
LAST TIME OUT: San Diego posted a three-game sweep over West Coast Conference rival Saint Mary's College. In game one, the Toreros got another dominating performance from Brian Matusz on the mound. Matusz took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, retiring his first nine batters before hitting a batter, then retired the next three batters before Eric Musgrove broke up the no-hitter with a single. Matusz allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out 10 batters in his first complete game of the season. Offensively for the Toreros, Snyder went a perfect 3-for-3 before popping out to the shortstop in his last at bat to finish 3-for-4 with one double and three runs scored to lead the USD offense. On Saturday, Josh Romanski threw a two-hit gem to help lead USD to a 2-0 win. Romanski allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out a career-high nine batters and only walking one batter in his first complete game his career. Snyder continued his hot play at the plate as he went a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored. On Sunday, the Toreros bats came alive as they scored 11 runs on 11 hits in an 11-1 win. Offensively for the Toreros, Abruzzo led the way as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Nicol also went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Snyder was the third USD player to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-5.
SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: UC Riverside enters the week with an overall record of 20-12 and a 2-1 mark in the Big West Conference after taking two-of-three this past weekend against UC Santa Barbara. The Toreros are 31-35-1 all-time against the Highlanders. Jamie Pedroza and Carl Uhl are the team's leading hitters with a .333 batting average each. Pedroza leads the team in hits with 43 and is tied for the team-lead in home runs with six. Uhl has 41 hits, is tied for the team-lead in doubles and has 16 RBI. The Toreros will face Dan Runzler who enters the game with a 2-6 overall record and a 6.22 ERA.
SCOUTING THE PILOTS: Portland enters the week with a 14-16 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the WCC after dropping two-of-three to Gonzaga this past week. USD holds a 33-19 all-time series edge over the Pilots. The Pilots are led offensively by Chase Powell, who has a team-leading .330 batting average, has 29 hits, six doubles, one home run and 38 RBI. On the mound, the Pilots turn to Given Kutz, who has a 4-3 overall record and a 3.38 ERA.
ROMANSKI NAMED WCC CO-PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski of the University of San Diego baseball team was named the West Coast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week after displaying a dominating performance in Saturday's 2-0 win over Saint Mary's College. On Saturday, Romanski threw a two-hit gem to help lead USD to a 2-0 win. Romanski allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out a career-high nine batters and only walking one batter in his first complete game his career. Romanski has now moved his ERA down to 2.81 with an overall record of 5-1. In WCC action, the sophomore from Corona, Calif. is 1-0 with a 0.54 ERA in 16.2 innings of work.
SNYDER HAS MONSTER WEEK: San Diego second baseman Justin Snyder had a dominating performance at the plate this past week in the three-game sweep over Saint Mary's. The junior from El Cajon, Calif. went 9-for-16 (.692) with four doubles and six runs scored, not to mention a perfect 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. He also had a 1.000 slugging percentage as well as a .733 on base percentage. In Friday's game, he went a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and had a walk to give him a 100 percent on base percentage for the game. In Thursday's game, Snyder went a perfect 3-for-3 before popping out to the shortstop in his last at bat to finish 3-for-4 with one double and three runs scored to lead the USD offense. In Saturday's game he went 2-for-5. On the season, Snyder is hitting .348 with a team-leading 55 hits, tied for the team-lead in doubles with 12, has two home runs and 17 RBI.
MATUSZ GOES THE DISTANCE: Sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz threw his first complete game of the season in Thursday's 4-2 win over Saint Mary's. The south paw returned to his dominating form as he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, retiring his first nine batters before hitting a batter, then retired the next three batters before Eric Musgrove broke up the no-hitter with a single. Matusz allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out 10 batters in his first complete game of the season. On the season, Matusz has an overall record of 6-2 with an ERA of 2.96 and has 106 strikeouts on the season. The 106 strikeouts moves Matusz into a tie for sixth at USD in single-season strikeouts with Justin Blaine, and is just two shy of Gary Myron for fifth. For his career, Matusz has 199 strikeouts, just seven shy of cracking into the top-10 in career strikeouts at USD.
TOREROS IN THE RPI: San Diego's RPI, according to Boydsworld.com, is now up to No. 10 after posting a three-game sweep over Saint Mary's this past week. USD, who plays one the of toughest non-conference schedules in the nation, reached as high as No. 5 heading into the UNLV series three weeks ago.
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.
NOTES ON POSITION PLAYERS
Daniel Magness, SR, 1B - For the season, Magness his hitting .285 with 37 hits, two doubles and 20 RBI, while being a defensive force for the Toreros at first base having only committed three fielding errors.
Justin Snyder, JR, 2B - Snyder had the most productive week at the plate for the Toreros as he went 9-for-16 (.692) with four doubles and six runs scored. He also had a 1.000 slugging percentage as well as a .733 on base percentage. On the season, Snyder is hitting .348 with a team-leading 55 hits, tied for the team-lead in doubles with 12, has two home runs and 17 RBI.
Sean Nicol, SO, SS - Nicol is the team's third leading hitter with a .322 batting average, has 46 hits, seven doubles, one triple, three home runs and 13 RBI.
Kevin Hansen, JR, 3B - Hansen is hitting .289 with 39 hits, eight doubles, two triples and 19 RBI, while being a defensive force at third base.
Kevin Muno, FR, LF - On the season, Muno is hitting .293 with 17 hits, three doubles, one triple and four RBI.
Josh Romanski, SO, CF - Romanski is the team's second leading hitter with a .326 batting average. He has 45 hits, five doubles, two triples, one home run and 11 RBI on the season. He is also a solid force on the mound for USD, as he has an overall record of 5-1 and an ERA of 2.81.
Shane Buschini, SR, RF - This past week, Buschini went 3-for-8 (.375) with one double, one home run and three RBI. On the season, Buschini is hitting .305 with 43 hits, is tied for the team-lead in doubles with 12, has a team-best eight home runs, one triple and 30 RBI. Buschini is also bolstering a team-leading .574 slugging percentage.
Jordan Abruzzo, SR, C - Abruzzo had a solid week at the plate as he went 4-for-11 with four RBI. On the season, he is hitting .299 with 47 hits, seven doubles, one triple, six home runs and a team-leading 42 RBI.
Logan Gelbrich, JR, DH - On the season, Gelbrich is hitting .286 with 36 hits, six doubles, one home run and 17 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.