May 31, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 15th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team has learned that it will be a No. 2 seed in the Tempe Regional. Joining the Toreros in the Regional will be the No. 1 national seed Arizona State Sun Devils, the No. 4 seed Milwaukee and the No. 3 seeded University of Hawaii. USD will square off against Hawaii on Friday in the opening game of the Regional. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday.
San Diego is coming off another successful season in which they won their third WCC Championship in four years after posting a WCC record of 19-3, the best overall record in league play for the WCC since they switched back to a one league format from the two division format. USD posted a 36-20 overall record which included taking two of three from Coastal Carolina and Rice, and winning its final nine weekend series.
USD is led offensively by a pair of seniors in third baseman Chris Engell and right fielder James Meador. Engell finished the regular season with a .421 batting average, the best division I batting average in USD history, while recording 77 hits, six doubles, four triples, one home run and 33 RBI. Meador finished his senior campaign with a impressive .391 batting average with 84 hits, 22 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 62 RBI.
On the mound, USD is led by a three-headed monster in Kyle Blair, Sammy Solis and AJ Griffin. Blair has been on fire over the last several months of the season and finished his junior year with a 8-4 record, an ERA of 2.99 and leads the team in strikeouts with 114. Solis finished the season with a 9-2 record and a 3.00 ERA while recording a career-high 87 strikeouts. Griffin finished his final season in a USD uniform after recording a 7-3 record with a 4.71 ERA and racked up a career-high 107 strikeouts. The Toreros are under the direction of 12th-year head coach Rich Hill.
Hawaii enters the NCAA Regionals after earning the WAC championship with a 9-6 win over Fresno State this past Sunday. Overall, the Rainbow are 33-26, and they defeated USD 8-6 in a midweek game earlier this year, and the all-time series is at 5-2 in favor of Hawaii. Offensively, the Rainbow are led by Kolten Wong, who is hitting .365 with 85 hits, 15 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 40 RBI. On the mound, the ace of the staff is Josh Slatts, who is 5-3 with a 3.22 ERA. The Rainbow are under the direction of ninth-year head coach Mike Trapasso. During his tenure on the island, Trapasso has posted an overall record of 288-242.
Milwaukee enters the NCAA Postseason with an overall record of 33-24 and they just claimed their first-ever Horizon League championship to earn the league's automatic bid into the postseason. Offensively, Milwaukee is led by Tim Patzman, who is hitting 65 hits, 12 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 34 RBI. On the mound, the rotation is anchored down by Chad Peirce, who is 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA. The Panthers are under the direction of fourth-year Scott Doffek.
Arizona State won the 2010 Pac-10 Championship, finishing the regular season 47-8, 20-7 in Pac-10 play. USD squared off against the Sun Devils twice this season, dropping both contests in Tempe. USD is 2-21 all-time against the Sun Devils and have faced them once in the postseason, a losing effort in 2002. The Sun Devils are led offensively by Riccio Torrez, who is hitting .391 with 81 hits, 23 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 50 RBI. On the mound, the ace of the ASU rotation is Seth Blair, who is 11-0 with a 3.20 ERA. ASU is under the first-year head coach Tim Esmay.