May 29, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team has earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Regionals and will be one of 64 teams in the country to compete for the national championship. The Toreros, the No. 3 seed, join host and No. 1 seed Cal State Fullerton, No. 4 seed Saint Louis and No. 2 seed Fresno State in the NCAA's Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field this Friday through Sunday. This is USD's third trip to the NCAA postseason in the past five seasons.
"We are very grateful to the selection committee in rewarding a west coast team and their strength of schedule," said head coach Rich Hill. "I am excited to see three WCC teams make it into the tournament, it is only the second time in the history of the conference that this has happened and I am elated to see the conference get rewarded. Everyone involved from the administration to the players at USD deserve this experience."
The Toreros finished the 2006 regular-season with a 32-23 overall record and a third place finish in the West Coast Conference. San Diego was rewarded with an NCAA postseason bid after playing the nation's 10th toughest non-conference schedule according to BoydsWorld.com. USD opened the season by shocking the college baseball world by sweeping the defending national champion Texas Longhorns in a three-game series at Cunningham Stadium. USD's schedule also included three-game series' with he University of Georgia, and the University of Houston and the Toreros had single games against Vanderbilt University, the University of Kansas, Rice University, Southern California and the University of Washington.
During the season the Toreros were a consistent sight in the national polls reaching as high as No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll on February 20. USD was among the nation's elite for eight weeks, and the No. 8 ranking is a program-best. USD capped off the regular-season by having 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.