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Shane Buschini Tabbbed as WCC Player of the Year

May 23, 2007

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team had eight players earn first-team All-West Coast Conference honors and two more took home All-WCC honorable mention accolades, Senior right fielder Shane Buschini was tabbed as the WCC Player of the Year and head coach Rich Hill was named the WCC Coach of the Year. Joining Buschini on the All-WCC first-team list are Jordan Abruzzo, Matt Couch, Logan Gelbrich, AJ Griffin, Brian Matusz, Justin Snyder and Josh Romanski. The two All-WCC honorable mention accolades for the Toreros are Kevin Hansen and Daniel Magness. Griffin was also named to the All-WCC freshman team.

Buschini, an All-WCC first-team selection for the second time in his career, becomes just the third Torero to earn the WCC Player of the Year distinction and the first since the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team honoree Kevin Herde took home the award in the 1993 season. The San Ramon, Calif. native turned in a dominate senior campaign, leading the conference with 13 home runs and collecting 55 RBI to rank second in the WCC. Buschini was even more dominate against WCC opponents, pacing the circuit in batting (.418), RBI (25), total bases (55), on base percentage (.500) and slugging percentage (.696) during league play.

Abruzzo, a native of nearby El Cajon, Calif., takes home his first All-WCC first-team honors after putting together an impressive senior season. The switch-hitting Abruzzo became the all-time leader at USD in both hits (298) and RBI (205). In conference action, Abruzzo gave opposing pitchers trouble at the plate as he posted a .398 batting average, had 35 hits, seven doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI.

Couch, a right-handed pitcher from Sacramento, Calif., turned in his best season in a Torero uniform. Couch posted solid numbers in conference action as he racked up an impressive 4-1 record with a 3.19 ERA and recorded 26 strikeouts in 42.1 innings of work as USD's Sunday starter.

Gelbrich, a junior from Los Angeles, Calif., takes home his first All-WCC first-team selection after putting together an outstanding season at the plate. In conference action, Gelbrich posted a .324 batting average, had 23 hits, seven doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI, while rotating between the catcher, left field and designated hitter positions.

Griffin, a freshman from Grossmont High School in San Diego, quickly became a big help for the Toreros as he served as USD's primary closer. The right-hander etched his name into the single-season record books at USD having recorded 10 saves on the season to place second in the category. In conference action, Griffin saw a lot of action and posted a 2-0 record with an ERA of 0.48 and had four saves in 18.2 innings of work. Griffin also struck out 16 batters.

Matusz, a sophomore left-handed pitcher from Cave Creek, Ariz., put together one of the best performances in the WCC en route to earning his first All-WCC first-team selection. Matusz set the new single-season strikeout record at USD as he fanned 152 batters, while posting a 10-2 record and an overall ERA of 2.43. In conference action, Matusz posted a 5-1 record with a 2.35 ERA and registered 60 strikeouts in 53.2 innings of work.

Snyder, a native of El Cajon, Calif., put together his best season in a USD uniform and for his efforts he takes home his first All-WCC first-team selection. In conference action, Snyder hit .402 with 35 hits, 10 doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI while serving as the lead-off hitter for the Toreros. Snyder took home the WCC Player of the Month honor for April after hitting .459 with 28 hits in 15 games to lead USD, clubbing seven doubles and a home run to go along with 14 RBI on the month.

Romanski, a two-way player out of Corona, Calif., also proved to be another valuable member of the Toreros team this season. Romanski was a dominate force on the mound as he took home back-to-back WCC Pitcher of the Month honors for March and April. The southpaw posted a WCC record of 4-0 with an ERA of 2.82. With his bat, Romanski was just as dominate as he hit .341 with 28 hits, three doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI.

Hill was tabbed for Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career, previously earning the distinction in 2002. Hill guided the Toreros to a record-setting campaign, as USD set a program mark with 41 wins and captured the WCC regular-season title for the first time in program history. The San Diego squad also garnered a USD record No. 5 national ranking, reeled off 17 consecutive WCC wins, the second longest single-season winning streak in the history of the WCC.