San Diego's Paul Richan (Pitcher) & Tora Otsuka (Player) Sweep Rawlings WCC Weekly Honors
Toreros vault into top-15 after impressive showing in Tony Gwynn Classic
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has named its Rawlings Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for February 26, 2018.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK – PAUL RICHAN, JR., RHP – SAN DIEGO
Junior RHP Paul Richan pitched 8.0 complete innings against the Michigan Wolverines, scattering three hits and allowing just one run as San Diego earned a 5-1 victory on Feb. 23rd. He struck out nine batters and allowed just two walks in earning his first win of the young season. Through two starts and 14.2 innings of work, he owns a 1-1 record, 0.61 ERA and 21 strikeouts to just two walks.
San Diego went a perfect 5-0 during the week to improve to 7-2 on the season. The Toreros opened the week with a 3-2, 10 inning victory at San Diego State on Feb. 20. USD then co-hosted the Tony Gwynn Legacy with SDSU, and came away with four straight home victories over Michigan (5-1), Grand Canyon (8-4), No. 4 Arkansas (7-6) and Arizona (5-3). The Toreros entered the Collegiate Baseball poll Monday, checking in a No. 13.
Also Nominated: Josh Agnew, Loyola Marymount; Alek Jacob, Gonzaga; Eli Morse, Portland; Jake Suddreth, BYU
WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – TORA OTSUKA, FR., OF – SAN DIEGO
Freshman outfielder Tora Otsuka started all five games and batted .500 with a team-best 11 hits in 22 at-bats. He totaled 13 bases, had a team-high five RBI, and added two runs. He chipped in with a double, a triple and was successful in his lone stolen base attempt. He was 3-for-5 in USD’s 3-2 win at SDSU; he was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs in USD’s 5-1 win over Michigan; he was 3-of-5 with 1 run and 1 RBI in USD’s 8-4 win over Grand Canyon; he was 2-of-4 in USD’s 7-6 win over #4 Arkansas, and he was 1-of-4 with one run and one RBI. For the season he is batting .444 (16 hits) with 6 runs and 6 RBIs.
Also Nominated: John Cresto, Santa Clara; Ryan Kim, Portland; Mitch McIntyre, BYU; Austin Pinorini, Gonzaga; Billy Wilson, Loyola Marymount
2018 WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK
February 26: Paul Richan, San Diego
February 19: Paul Richan, San Diego
2018 WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
February 26: Tora Otsuka, San Diego
February 19: Jake Brodt, Santa Clara