April 26, 2007
Monday, April 30
Pepperdine (30-13, 10-2) at San Diego (32-14, 10-2)
Location: Cunningham Stadium - San Diego, Calif.
Time: 3:00 PM (PDT)
Television: College Sports Television
Preview: Monday's contest will mark the series finale of a three-game set between two squads that enter the weekend tied atop the WCC standings. Pepperdine, listed as high as No. 12 in the national rankings, travels to No. 16 ranked San Diego after taking two-of-three from Santa Clara at home last weekend. The Toreros are one of the hottest teams in the nation, having won nine of their last 11 games including nine straight contests against WCC opposition.
The Waves are led at the top of the order by junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz, who enters the weekend batting a league-high .395 (73-for-185). Ortiz sets the table for one of the conference's most potent lineups, a group that is batting .315 as a team. Danny Worth has emerged as one of the top shortstops in the collegiate game this season, batting .373 (66-for-177) and driving in 34 runs so far this year. Worth moved into a tie for 10th place on the WCC career list with his 58th career double last weekend. Sophomore right-hander Brett Hunter, a Freshman All-American as a closer last season, has enjoyed a solid season as a member of the Waves' starting rotation. Hunter is 6-3 with a 3.67 ERA and a team-high 64 strikeouts on the season. Closer Jason Dominguez, who leads the conference with 11 saves, was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year watch list last week.
The Toreros also boast one of the top hitting squads in the conference, led by the duo of seniors Jordan Abruzzo and Shane Buschini. The pair has combined for 19 of San Diego's 30 home runs this season, with Buschini clubbing a conference-leading 11 round-trippers on the year. Abruzzo has etched his name into the San Diego record book in several offensive categories this season, becoming USD's all-time hits leader (284) last weekend, and setting the program standard with 200 RBI during his career as a Torero. Abruzzo enters the weekend series batting .333 (64-for-192) with 51 RBI. Matt Couch is a part of San Diego's dominant pitching rotation, as the junior has posted a 6-2 mark with a 3.81 ERA so far this season. Freshman A.J. Griffin has provided a reliable arm out of the bullpen for the Toreros, going 5-1 with seven saves in a team-high 25 appearances.
Pepperdine's Key Players: Adrian Ortiz, CF (.395/1/19); Danny Worth, SS (.373/3/34); Chase d'Arnaud, 3B (.333/3/22)
San Diego's Key Players: Justin Snyder, 2B (.363/3/29); Jordan Abruzzo, DH/C (.333/8/51); Shane Buschini, OF (.329/11/45)