April 16, 2007
IN A NUTSHELL: The 18th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (29-13, 7-2 WCC) will once again hit the road for four games this week. USD begins play on Tuesday in a 6 p.m. game against cross-town rival San Diego State at SDSU's Tony Gywnn Stadium. The Toreros will then resume West Coast Conference play with a three-game series with Loyola Marymount University this weekend. Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., and both Friday's and Saturday's game begin at 2 p.m.
THE POLLS: After posting a 3-1 record this past week, USD jumped up six spots to No. 18 in the latest Collegiate baseball top-30 poll, up two spots in the latest Baseball America top-25 Poll to No. 19 and have moved up to No. 22 in the latest Rivals.com top-25 poll. SDSU and LMU are not ranked in any of the polls.
LAST TIME OUT: The Toreros dropped a 8-7 decision to UC Riverside on Tuesday, then bounced back with a three-game sweep over the University of Portland this past weekend. In Fridays 15-1 rout over the Pilots, sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz turned in a dominating performance as he struck out 13 batters, allowed one unearned run and gave up just four hits. Offensively for the Toreros, Jordan Abruzzo led the way with his 2-for-3, one home run and three RBI performance. On Saturday, USD received another dominating pitching performance from Josh Romanski as he allowed one run on two hits, while striking out five in 8.0 innings of work. Offensively for the Toreros, Justin Snyder led the way with his 2-for-3 one double and three RBI performance. Shane Buschini went 2-for-3 with two RBI and the final USD player to record multiple hits was Logan Gelbrich, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI. USD then capped off a perfect weekend with a 10-2 win over the Pilots. Buschini exploded for a two home run, five RBI performance at the plate. Abruzzo went a perfect 5-for-5 with one RBI to help lead USD to its second consecutive three-game West Coast Conference series sweep.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS: San Diego State University enters the week with a 22-17 overall record and a 7-4 mark in the Mountain West Conference after dropping three of four games this past week. The Toreros have won seven consecutive games against the Aztecs and nine of the last 10 meetings between the two programs. The offensive leader for the Aztecs is Nick Romero, who has a team-leading .342 batting average, team-best 50 hits, has seven doubles, five triples, five home runs and 32 RBI. The Toreros will be facing Lance Sewell on the mound for the third time this season. Sewell has an overall record of 4-3 and an ERA of 3.60. This season against the Toreros, Sewell is 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount enters the week with an overall record of 17-22 and a WCC mark of 5-4 after posting a three-game sweep over Saint Mary's this past week and a mid-week win over San Diego State. The offensive leader for the Lions is Eric Farris, who has a team-leading .367 batting average, team-best 61 hits, has eight doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 RBI. The Lions look to Daniel Macias to anchor down their pitching rotation. Macias is 4-4 overall and has a 3.82 ERA.
MATUSZ K'S 13...AGAIN: Sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz tied his career-high 13 strikeouts in picking up his seventh win of the season on Friday. Matusz is tied for second in single-game strikeouts with himself and Glenn Godwin, who racked up 13 strikeouts in a game against LMU on April 24, 1982. Matusz is currently leading the nation in strikeouts with 119, this total is now fourth at USD in single-season strikeouts. Matusz is averaging 1.5 strikeouts per inning and 9.9 strikeouts per outing. On the season, Matusz is 7-2 with an ERA of 2.67.
ROMANSKI TOSSES ANOTHER GEM: Sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski continues to provide USD with a perfect 1-2 combination on the mound with Brian Matusz. In Saturday's 7-1 win, Romanski was near flawless as he retired his first 12 batters, before surrendering a walk, then shutdown the next three batters to take a no-no into the sixth inning. The lead off batter for the Pilots in the top of the sixth inning broke up the no-hitter with a single. Romanski has now only allowed five runs in his last six outings to lower his team-leading ERA to 2.62.
TOREROS AND THE LONG BALL: Senior Shane Buschini hit his 10th home run of the season in Sunday's 10-2 win over Portland, and senior Jordan Abruzzo picked up his eighth home run of the season in Friday's 15-1 win over Portland. Should Abruzzo hit two more home runs, it will mark the first time since the 1999 season that USD has had multiple players with 10 or more home runs. The last tandem to do so was Kevin Reese (16) and Craig Sain (12) during the 1999 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.
ABRUZZO NAMED WCC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior catcher Jordan Abruzzo of the University of San Diego baseball team has been named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week after helping lead USD to a 3-1 record this past week. Abruzzo had a monster week at the plate for the Toreros as the senior from El Cajon, Calif. went 10-for-16 (.625) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI. In Sunday's win over the University of Portland, Abruzzo went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with one RBI and three runs scored. He posted a 1.125 slugging percentage for the week and had an outstanding .650 on base percentage. With his six hits, he has now moved into second all-time in career-hits at USD with 277, just two shy of the All-time leader Kevin Reese (1997-2000). His six RBI makes him the new all-time leader in career-RBI with 197. Abruzzo will be looking to become the first USD player to reach 200 career-RBI over the remaining four weeks of the season. On the season, Abruzzo is hitting .329 with 57 hits, nine doubles, one triple, eight home runs and a WCC-best 48 RBI.
NOTES ON POSITION PLAYERS
Daniel Magness, SR, 1B - For the season, Magness is hitting .268 with 38 hits, two doubles and 23 RBI, while being a defensive force for the Toreros at first base having only committed three fielding errors.
Justin Snyder, JR, 2B - Snyder had another monster week at the plate as he went 7-for-16 (.438) with two doubles and five RBI. On the season, Snyder leads the team in hitting with a .356 batting average, has a team-leading 62 hits, 14 doubles, has two home runs and 22 RBI.
Sean Nicol, SO, SS - Nicol is hitting .313 with 50 hits, seven doubles, one triple, three home runs and 13 RBI.
Kevin Hansen, JR, 3B - Hansen is hitting .280 with 42 hits, nine doubles, two triples and 19 RBI, while being a defensive force at third base.
Kevin Muno, FR, LF - On the season, Muno is hitting .266 with 17 hits, three doubles, one triple and four RBI.
Josh Romanski, SO, CF - Romanski had another productive week at the plate for the Toreros as he went 6-for-14 (.429) with one double and three RBI. On the season, he is the team's second leading hitter with a .336 batting average, has 51 hits, six doubles, two triples, one home run and 14 RBI.
Shane Buschini, SR, RF - This past week, Buschini was a monster at the plate as he went 7-for-15 (.467) with one double and he hit two home runs in Sunday's win, and added 10 RBI. Buschini has moved his season numbers up to .321, has 50 hits, 13 doubles and a team-leading 10 home runs.
Jordan Abruzzo, SR, C - Abruzzo had a solid week at the plate as he went 10-for-16 (.625) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI. He has now become the all-time leader in RBI with 197, and is just two hits shy of the all-time hits record at USD. On the season, Abruzzo is hitting .329 with 57 hits, nine doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 48 RBI.
Logan Gelbrich, JR, DH - Gelbrich also had a solid week at the plate for the Toreros as he went 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI. On the season, Gelbrich is hitting .305 with 43 hits, eight doubles, three home runs and 22 RBI.
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.