Oct. 1, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team will play a three-game series with Long Beach State University during the fall. The series will be split between Long Beach State's Blair Field and USD's Cunningham Stadium. The series will be Oct. 26-28 with both Friday's and Saturday's games being played in Long Beach and Sunday's game being held in San Diego. Friday's game is set for a 6 p.m. start and both Saturday's and Sunday's games will begin at 1 p.m. There will be no charge for this series as it is open to the public.
Long Beach State is coming off a 2006 campaign that saw the 49ers reach the Regionals of the NCAA postseason, after posting a 39-20 record and a 15-6 mark in the Big West Conference, good for a second place finish behind UC Riverside.
This past season, USD had its best Division I season in program history with a 43-18 overall record, as well as reaching a program-best No. 4 national ranking. USD also received its first national seed in the NCAA post season, No.8, the first-ever WCC team to receive a national seed heading into the NCAA Regionals. The Toreros produced the WCC Player of the Year, Shane Buschini; three All-Americans in Brian Matusz, Josh Romanski and Buschini; one Freshman All-American in AJ Griffin; and two Team USA members in Romanski and Matusz. The Toreros not only captured the WCC Championship on 2007, but had eight first-team All-WCC selections and two All-WCC honorable mentions. For his efforts this past season, head coach Rich Hill was recognized by his peers as the 2007 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year.