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Red Hot Toreros Set to Host USF This Weekend

May 2, 2007

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IN A NUTSHELL: The ninth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (35-14,13-2 WCC) will conclude their WCC home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against the University of San Francisco. Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and both Saturday's and Sunday's games will begin at 1 p.m.

THE POLLS: After a three-game sweep over Pepperdine University this past weekend, the Toreros have jumped up to No. 9 in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll. This is only the second time in program history that the Toreros have been ranked in the top 10. The Toreros are also ranked No. 10 in the latest Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll, No. 13 in the latest Rivals.com top-25 poll and No. 16 in the latest USA/Today top-25 poll. San Francisco is not ranked in any of the national polls.

LAST TIME OUT: San Diego posted its first sweep over Pepperdine University in the history of the program this past week. The Toreros picked up wins by scores of 10-3 on Friday, 5-0 on Sunday and 7-3 on Monday. The teams did no play on Saturday to honor Pepperdine's graduation. In Friday's 10-3 win, the Toreros got a dominating performance from sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz, as he allowed three runs on 10 hits, while striking out 11 in 8.1 innings of work. This marks the eighth game this season that Matusz has recorded at least 10 strikeouts in a game. On the offensive side of things, Josh Romanski led the charge with his 4-for-4, one double and two RBI performance. Shane Buschini was also an offensive leader for the Toreros as he went 3-for-4 with one home run and one RBI. In Sunday's win, Romanski took to the hill and was a dominate force. Romanski picked up his eighth win of the season allowing no runs, scattering four hits and striking out seven in his third complete game of the season. After surrendering a single in the second inning, Romanski then retired his next 13 batters before surrendering his second hit of the afternoon to Luke Salas. Offensively for the Toreros, Mike Metzger was the hero as he went a perfect 3-for-3 with one run scored. On Monday, the Toreros got another solid pitching performance from both Matt Couch and AJ Griffin. Couch picked up his seventh win allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work. Griffin picked up his eighth save of the season as he allowed no runs on two hits in 3.0 innings of work. Offensively for the Toreros, Magness led the way with his 2-for-5, one double two RBI performance. Buschini was the only other batter to record multiple hits on the day as he went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco enters the series with a 24-23 overall record and a 6-9 record in the WCC after taking two-of-three from Gonzaga this past weekend and defeating Cal in a mid week game. The Dons are led offensively by Zach Kim, who has a team-leading .397 batting average, 23 hits, one double, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI. On the mound, the pitching rotation is led by Aaron Poreda, who has a 6-5 overall record, a 3.09 ERA and a team-best 57 strikeouts.

ROMANSKI NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The University of San Diego's sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Monday morning. Romanski (8-1) picked up his eighth win of the season on the mound allowing no runs, scattering four hits and striking out seven in his third complete game of the season. After surrendering a single in the second inning, Romanski then retired his next 13 batters before surrendering his second hit of the afternoon to Luke Salas. The two-way star also was solid with his bat as he led the team in hitting with a 5-for-8, two doubles and four RB performanceI, including a perfect 4-for-4 performance in Friday's 10-3 win. On the season, Romanski is 8-1 on the mound with an ERA of 2.10. At the plate, Romanski is the team's second leading hitter with a .339 batting average, has 60 hits, eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 19 RBI.

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.

MATUSZ PITCHING HIMSELF INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz continues his assault on the single-season record books at USD, as the south paw from Cave Creek Ariz. has now amassed 138 strikeouts, fourth best single-season total and just 10 behind the single-season record of 148 held by Steve Davis set in 1968. Matusz's 138 strikeouts also continues to lead the nation. Matusz picked up his ninth win of the season in Friday's 10-3 win over Pepperdine as he allowed three runs on 10 hits, while striking out 11 in 8.1 innings of work. If Matusz can pick up a win on Friday, it will be the first time USD has had a pitcher record 10 or more wins in a single-season since Aaron Wilson did it in 2004. On the season, Matusz is 9-2 with an ERA of 2.62.

METZGER SWINGING IT WELL: Junior outfielder Mike Metzger has been swinging the bat well as of late for the Toreros. In this past week's three-game sweep over Pepperdine, Metzger went 4-for-9 with two doubles and two RBI. On the season, Metzger has moved his batting average up to .293 with 50 hits, seven doubles and 29 RBI.

GOING STREAKING: San Diego is in the midst of a six game winning streak and a 12-game winning streak in WCC Games, thanks to its first-ever sweep over Pepperdine this past week. The Toreros will look to extend that streak this weekend as the San Francisco Dons come to town for a three-game WCC series.

HILL REACHES A MILESTONE: San Diego skipper Rich Hill has reached yet another coaching milestone with the win on Sunday. Sunday's win gave Hill his 300th career win as the USD head coach. During his nine seasons as the head coach, Hill has amassed a 301-215-3 record, won two WCC Championships and made three tripes to the NCAA Regionals.

BUSCHINI'S HIT STREAK REACHES 15: Senior right fielder Shane Buschini has run his season and team-best hit streak to 15 after this weekend's series sweep over Pepperdine. Buschini, is now the team's second leading hitter with a .341 batting average, has 63 hits, 15 doubles, two triples, a team-leading 12 homes runs and 47 RBI.

NOTES ON POSITION PLAYERS

Daniel Magness, SR, 1B - Magness went 3-for-11 with one double and two RBI this past week against Pepperdine. On the season, he is hitting .292 with 50 hits, seven doubles and 29 RBI.

Justin Snyder, JR, 2B - Snyder had a productive performance this past week as he went 5-for-12 (.417) with two RBI. On the season, Snyder leads the team in hitting with a .366 batting average, has a team-leading 74 hits, 15 doubles, has three home runs and 31 RBI.

Sean Nicol, SO, SS - On the season, Nicol is hitting .305 with 57 hits, seven doubles, one triple, four home runs and 18 RBI.

Kevin Hansen, JR, 3B - Hansen is hitting .292 with 52 hits, 10 doubles, two triples and 23 RBI on the season.

Mike Metzger, JR, LF - In this past week's three-game sweep over Pepperdine, Metzger went 4-for-9 with two doubles and two RBI. On the season, Metzger has moved his batting average up to .293 with 50 hits, seven doubles and 29 RBI.

Josh Romanski, SO, CF - This past week, Romanski went 6-for-13 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored, while also dominating on the mound allowing no runs on four hits, while striking out seven in a complete game shutout on Sunday.

Shane Buschini, SR, RF - Buschini has run his hitting streak up to 15 games after this week's sweep over Pepperdine. Buschini, is now the team's second leading hitter with a .341 batting average, has 63 hits, 15 doubles, two triples, a team-leading 12 homes runs and 47 RBI.

Jordan Abruzzo, SR, C - Abruzzo had another solid week at the plate for the Toreros as he went 4-for-12 with one double and one RBI. On the season, Abruzzo is hitting .333 with 68 hits, 13 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and a team-best 52 RBI.

Logan Gelbrich, JR, DH - Gelbrich also had a solid week at the plate for the Toreros as he went 3-for-9 with one double and two runs scored. On the season, Gelbrich is hitting .307 with 51 hits, 12 doubles, three home runs and 24 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.