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Baseball Inks 10 to NLI's

Nov. 15, 2006

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego's head baseball coach Rich Hill has announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent during the early signing period to attend USD and play baseball. Headed by assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Eric Valenzuela and assistant coach Jay Johnson, the recruiting class includes five pitchers, two outfielders and four infielders.

"Overall, this class has a chance to be the best-ever at USD. Eric (Valenzuela) and Jay (Johnson) have orchestrated in my opinion, a top-10 class and one of the top-classes in the West Coast," said Hill. "All of these student-athletes will represent USD in the highest regard both on and off the field."

This recruiting class includes two AFLAC All-Americans - outfielder Sequoyah Stonecipher (Mission Bay HS) and right-handed pitcher Kyle Blair (Los Gatos HS). The recruiting class also includes one Team USA member in Victor Sanchez (Gahr HS), four players have earned All-CIF honors and all 10 student-athletes have earned all-league first- or second-team honors on their respective high school teams. This group will report to USD in the fall of 2007.

2007-08 USD EARLY SIGNING PERIOD RECRUITING CLASS

Kyle Blair
Montesereno, Calif. (Los Gatos HS)
RHP, 6-3, 210

As a junior he posted a record of 13-1 with an ERA of 0.16 only allowing two earned runs while striking out 144 batters in 89.2 innings of work...he recorded seven shutouts and has two no hitters, while throwing one perfect game...also during his junior year he hit .361 with four home runs, six doubles and 26 RBI...was named a 2006 AFLAC All-American...named the De Anza League Most valuable Player as a junior...named second-team All-American by Baseball America...was a first-team All-Central Coast as a junior...was a Area Code games Selection in 2006...also was a Joplin Tournament of the Stars selection in 2006.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Kyle is a premier right-handed pitcher in the Bay Area and a prestigious AFLAC All-American. His power stuff will make an impact as a freshman."

Jason Dovel
La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada HS)
LHP, 6-1, 170

As a junior posted a perfect 8-0 record with a 1.50 ERA...was named first-team All-Suburban League and first-team All-CIF as a junior...was named to the Whittier All-Daily Team as a junior.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Jason is a polished left handed pitcher that commands three pitches for strikes. He has had a great high school career and will step in and contribute immediately."

Stephan Kaupang
La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada HS)
IB, 6-5, 210
As a junior hit .390 with 10 doubles and seven home runs...was a member of the Area Code games for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006...was named first-team All-CIF and first-team All-Suburban League as a junior...was named to the Whittier Daily News All-Area team...was also a All-Suburban League selection as a basketball player for La Mirada High School.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Stephan is your prototypical power hitting first baseman. He has legit tower power and will add another dimension to our line-up."

Matt Kohorst
South Pasadena, Calif. (La Salle HS)
RHP, 6-3, 200

As a junior he posted a 8-2 record with an ERA of 0.66 and recorded 77 strikeouts in 66 innings of work...was named the Santa Fe Most Valuable Player as a junior...was named to the Arcadia Elks All-Tournament team as a junior...was named to the San Gabriel Valley All-Area team as a junior...earned a first-team All-Santa Fe League as a junior...is a member of the National Honor Society with a GPA of 3.8...is also a member of the La Salle football team and has broken four football records at La Salle High School.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Matt's a great three sport athlete from La Salle with tremendous upside. He will have a chance to concentrate on baseball in college and there is no telling how high the ceiling is."

Nick Ousman
Moraga, Calif. (Campolondo HS)
RHP, 6-0, 185

As a sophomore he helped lead his team to the Diablo foothill League championship, while also garnering first-team All-League honors with an undefeated season posting a 10-0 record...as a junior he was named most valuable pitcher of the league as he complied an 8-1 record and a 0.78 ERA, with 106 strikeouts in 65 innings of work...he is ranked the No. 9 overall prospect and No. 5 pitching prospect in the state of California according to Perfect Game...was heavily recruited by California, UCLA, Pepperdine, Stanford, Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii and Santa Clara.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Nick is a polished right-handed pitcher, who is as great as a competitor as we have ever signed. He is a true winner, who has a chance to be a great college pitcher."

Victor Sanchez
Norwalk, Calif. (Gahr HS)
INF, 6-2, 170

As a junior hit .518 with 13 doubles and six home runs...was a member of the USA Junior National Team in 2006, who competed in Cuba this past summer...was selected as the San Gabriel Valley League MVP as a junior...earned first-team All-CIF honors and first-team All-Area and All-State honors as a junior...named to the Cerritos Valley News All-Area first-team as a junior...member o the Tournament of Stars in Joplin Missouri...competed in the 2006 area codes games for the Milwaukee Brewers...named to the all-state underclassmen team as a sophomore.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Victor is our first-ever Junior Olympic Team member. He just returned from Cuba where he had a stellar tournament for Team USA. He is an outstanding power guy with soft hands and a plus arm."

Sammy Solis
Avondale, Ariz. (Agua Fria HS)
LHP, 6-5, 210

For his three-year career at Agua Fria high school he posted a 17-10 overall record, 289 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.90...was named first-team all-region as a freshman and sophomore, including being named the Regional Player of the Year...was named second-team All-State as a sophomore...named to the 2006 Connie Mack World Series All-Tournament team...threw a complete game four-hit shut in the Connie Mack National Championship game in 2006...named to the National American Legion team at the Joplin Tournament of Stars in 2006.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Sammy is one of the top pitchers in Arizona, that has a chance to be special. He is a big guy with dominating stuff, who keeps getting better. He has a chance to be a front of the rotation guy with huge upside."

Sequoyah Stonecipher
San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay HS)
OF, 6-2, 180

As a junior hit .419 recording seven home runs, 36 RBI and 15 doubles...was named a 2006 AFLAC All-American as a junior...earned first-team All-CIF as a junior...was named first-team All-San Diego Section as a sophomore and junior...earned a Joplin Tournament of the Stars selection as a junior...was a member of the USA National Team in 2006...earned a selection to the Area Code Game.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Q has an impressive resume with Team USA experience and being named an AFLAC All-American. He's the best position player in San Diego who posses five tools."

Tony Strazzara
Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)
INF, 5-11, 175

As a junior hit .463 with 651 RBI and six home runs...was named first-team All-Desert valley Region as a junior...was named first-team All-State as a junior...helped lead his team to the 5A state championship in 2006...member of the Arizona Diamondbacks scout team...holds a 4.3 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society...earned an Arizona Interscholastic Award as a junior.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Tony is another star player in a long line of Brophy Prep in Arizona. He's an under the radar guy, who has a chance to be a great offensive player in college."

Zach Walters
Las Vegas, Nev. (Cimarron Memorial HS)
RHP, 6-0, 185

Was named first-team All-State in Nevada as both a sophomore and junior...was named first-team All-Sunset Division as both a sophomore and junior...as a junior he won the 2006 Sunset Division batting title as he hit .549 with eight home runs, while also stealing 24 bases.

According to head coach Rich Hill: "Zach was an 11th hour signee, who we feel very fortunate to get. He is a rare `true' shortstop who possesses great skills defensively. He's an above average runner who switch hits."