May 24, 2006
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team had seven individuals earn All-West Coast Conference accolades with Josh Romanski being named the WCC Freshman of the Year. Keoni Ruth and Steve Singleton took home first-team honors, Jordan Abruzzo and Romanski were named to the second-team, while Matt Couch, Brian Matusz and Justin Snyder were all named honorable mention. Matusz and Romanski also landed on the All-WCC Freshman Team.
Romanski, a 6-0 freshman from Corona, Calif., was a two-way player for the Toreros serving as USD's primary closer during the conference portion of the season, while also seeing time in the Toreros' outfield and at the designated hitter spot. Romanski posted a conference batting average of .308 and a conference ERA of 3.66 while posting a 3-0 record and registering one save. Overall, Romanski hit .269 with 39 hits, five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 16 RBI. On the mound, Romanski posted a 4.00 ERA with a record of 4-4 and led the team in saves with five.
Ruth, a junior second baseman from Aiea, Hawaii, had his most productive collegiate career and posted his best overall and conference numbers. During conference play, Ruth led the team in hitting as he blistered opposing pitcher with a .489 batting average and overall Ruth was second on the team in hitting with his .358 batting average. Ruth was also second on the team in hits with 81, had 12 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 34 RBI and led the team in stolen bases with 18.
Singleton, a junior shortstop from Oakland, Calif., also had his most productive career in a Toreros uniform as he finished the conference season with a .337 batting average, good for third on the team. Overall, Singleton led the team in hitting with his .362 batting average, team-leading 84 hits, was second on the team in doubles with 15, led the team in triples with two, tied for the team-lead in home runs with five and recorded 38 RBI.
Abruzzo, a junior catcher from El Cajon, Claif., finished the season with a conference batting average of .329 and overall he hit .300. Abruzzo, for the second consecutive season, led the team in doubles with 17, RBI with 46 and tied for the team-lead in home runs with five.
Earning an honorable mention was sophomore right-hander Couch. During conference play Couch was the Toreros Sunday starter and was tied for the team-lead in ERA at .333 while posting a 3-3 record in conference play. Overall Couch posted a 3.35 ERA with a record of 7-3 and was second on the team in innings pitched with 102.0.
Matusz, a 2005 fourth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim, was the Toreros' Friday starter and during conference play he tied for the team-lead in ERA at 3.33 and had a 2-2 record against WCC foe. Overall, Matusz had the team's third best ERA of 3.63 and posted a record of 4-3 while having the second most strikeouts among all USD pitchers with 88.
The Toreros are now awaiting Monday morning's College World Series selections show on ESPN at 9:30 a.m. (PST) to learn if they have earned an at-large bid into the field of 64.