April 20, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - This Friday, two of the top baseball teams in the country will be on display as the University of San Diego Toreros travel to Malibu to take on the Pepperdine University Waves at Eddy D. Field Stadium in a game televised on CSTV at 3:00 p.m. (PT). WCC baseball fans can contact their local cable provider to check availability of CSTV.
Pepperdine and San Diego are not only two of the strongest teams on the West Coast, but two of the most battle tested teams in the nation as they have combined to post 11 wins over ranked opponents despite playing against two of the most rigorous schedules in the country. The Toreros enter the weekend with a 24-15 overall record and are tied with San Francisco atop of the WCC standings with a 6-3 mark. Pepperdine is hot on their heels, having accumulated a 25-15 overall record and a 5-4 league mark.
Friday's matchup showcases one of the top freshman hurlers in the country in San Diego's Brian Matusz going against one of the best senior pitchers in the nation in Pepperdine's Paul Coleman. Matusz, who was a fourth round selection by the Angels in 2005, enters the contest with a 3-2 record and a 3.58 ERA. The big lefty has fanned 65 batters in just 55.1 innings, while holding opposing batters to just a .224 average. Coleman, the 2005 WCC Pitcher of the Year, owns a 5-3 record and a 2.70 ERA. The southpaw leads the WCC in strikeouts with 69, while holding opposing hitters to a league-low .217 clip.
Both pitchers will be challenged as they face two very potent lineups. The visiting Toreros are hitting .303 as a team, while the host Waves boast a .290 team average. USD is led by its talented middle infield in juniors Steve Singleton (SS) and Keoni Ruth (2B). Singleton leads the Toreros in average (.364), hits (59), and is tied for the team lead in home runs (4), while Ruth owns a .321 average and leads USD in runs (37). The Waves are led by All-American catcher Chad Tracy and speedy middle infielder David Uribes. Tracy paces the Waves in RBI (30) and home runs (5) and ranks third in batting average (.338), while Uribes is hitting .356 and leads the team in runs (37), hits (58), and stolen bases (17).