Feb. 26, 2013
ON DECK: The University of San Diego baseball team (3-4) will hit the road for the first time this young season, as they head east. On Thursday, the Toreros will take on Coastal Carolina in a 1 p.m. game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. USD will then head up to Wilmington, N.C. to complete in the Hughes Bros. Challenge Tournament hosted by the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. On Friday, USD will take on Gardner-Webb University in a 12 p.m. game, then on Saturday, the Toreros will take on host UNC-Wilmington in a 4 p.m. game. USD will conclude the road swing on Sunday with a 10 a.m. game against 2012 College World Series participant Stony Brook.
SCOUTING THE CHANTICLEERS: Coastal Carolina enters the game with an overall record of 3-3 after posting a 1-3 record this past week. CCU leads the all-time series between the two at 3-2, with the last meeting coming in 2011, when USD dropped a pair of home games to the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina's offense is paced by Colon Hering, who is hitting .409 with nine hits, two doubles and two RBI. On the mound, USD will square off against right-hander Tyler Herb, who is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA.
SCOUTING THE RUNNIN BULLDOGS: Gardner-Webb enters the week with an overall record of 5-1-1 after taking two-of-three from Morehead State this past weekend. This will be the first meeting between the two programs in baseball. The Runnin Bulldogs' offense is paced by Henry Rundio, who is hitting .391 with nine hits, one triple, one home run and five RBI. On the mound, the GWU rotation is anchored down by Andrew Barnett, who is 0-0 with a 0.82 ERA.
SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS: UNC Wilmington enters the week with an overall record of 4-4 after taking two-of-three from Lehigh this past weekend. This will be the first meeting between the two programs in baseball. The Seahawks' offense is paced by Michael Bass, who is hitting .429 with 12 hits, three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI. On the mound, USD will square off against right-hander Jordan Ramsey. On the young season, Ramsey is 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA.
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES: Stony Brook enters the week with an overall record of 0-6 after dropping all three games to No. 1 ranked North Carolina this past weekend. This will be the first meeting between the two programs in baseball. The Seawolves' offense is paced by Steven Goldstein, who is hitting .278 with five hits and one double. On the mound, USD will face left-hander Daniel Zamora, who is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA.
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will return to the friendly confines of Fowler Park and Cunningham Field next week, as they play host to No. 17 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday at 6 p.m. USD will then host Seaton Hall on Wednesday at 6 p.m., before opening play in the USD Tournament next weekend. The Toreros will square off against Holy Cross on Friday at 6:30 p.m., then play a double-head on Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against Michigan and a 7:00 p.m. game against Saint Louis. The Toreros conclude play in the Tournament on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against Holy Cross.
WAGNER HAS A SOLID OUTING: Junior right-hander Michael Wagner was dominate in a no-decision this past Friday over Kent State. Wagner allowed one run, while scattering six hits in 7.0 innings of work. Wagner also issued five punch outs and only walked two batters. After a rocky start to his outing in the first inning, Wagner settled down and proceeded to retire 13 of his next 14 batters. Wagner was a huge reason the Toreros able to stay in the game and post a ninth-inning rally to get USD's first-ever win in Fowler Park. Overall, Wagner is now 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA.
89.1 AND COUNTING: Junior right-hander Dylan Covey had a dominate performance this past Saturday, and has now not allowed a home run in 89.1 innings of work, dating back to last season. In Saturday's win over Kent State, Covey allowed three unearned runs on just three hits in 5.0 innings of work. In fact, Covey was so dominate, only one ball found its way out of the infield in his 5.0 innings of work. After this performance, Covey is now 1-1 with a 5.62 ERA.
TWO TOREROS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Junior third baseman Kris Bryant and sophomore infielder Andrew Daniel were named to the preseason All-WCC team. In WCC action last season, Bryant hit .326 with 31 hits, six doubles, two triples, seven home runs and had 25 RBI. Bryant also slugged at a .653 clip and had an on base percentage of .409. Daniel on the other hand, was just behind Bryant in WCC games, as he hit .323 with 32 hits, nine doubles, two home runs and 29 RBI. Daniel had an on base percentage of .387 and was slugging at a .475 clip.
PICKED TO WIN IT: The University of San Diego has been selected to win the 2013 West Coast Conference baseball championship, in a preseason poll of the WCC's nine head coaches. The Toreros earned six of eight possible first-place votes and 62 overall points in the poll. Last year's West Coast Conference champion, Pepperdine University, earned 53 points and picked up two first place votes in the annual survey. Gonzaga University garnered a first place vote and tallied 49 points to finish third in the poll. Loyola Marymount University captured 47 points to finish fourth. The University of San Francisco was selected fifth with 39 points, while BYU was tabbed sixth with 24 points. The University of Portland (19 points), Santa Clara University (16 points), and Saint Mary's College (15 points) rounded out the poll.
TORERO SKIPPER Rich Hill: San Diego's Rich Hill has built the USD Toreros into one of the most successful Division I baseball programs on the West Coast. The 2013 spring season will be Hill's 26th year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and 15th at USD, having enjoyed 22 winning seasons in 25 years. Since taking over at USD in 1999, Hill has been remarkable in leading the Toreros to 14 winning campaigns, rewriting the school record book en route to claiming five West Coast Conference Championship titles in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Under his leadership San Diego has averaged 35 wins per season, including winning a school record 44 games in 2008, a year in which Hill was honored by his peers as the WCC Coach of the Year. In 2007, Hill led USD to its highest national ranking in program history at No. 4, as well as USD's first-ever national seed in the NCAA Regionals. In 2008, Hill guided the Toreros into the championship game of the Long Beach Regional, marking the first time USD had reached that game in a NCAA Division I Regional.
2013 GAMETRACKER AVAILABLE: All of San Diego's home games, and select road games can be followed live via Gametracker on the Toreros athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Gametracker is a service of CBS College Sports, the official web provider for San Diego athletics, and is a real time update of the action.
CAN YOU SEE ME?: All USD home games, as well as select road games, will be streamed live via video on the athletics department website. Fans can watch all the action live from the comfort of their home by logging onto usdtoreros.com. Simply go to the baseball schedule page and click on the WATCH link to view that days game. The voice of the Toreros, Jack Murray, will be providing live play-by-play of all home games as well as select road games this season.
AT THE PLATE: Last weekend, San Diego batted .432 as a team, and outscored its opponents 39-23. The Toreros drove in 39 runs on 44 hits, and recorded 13 extra-base hits (11 doubles, one triple and one home run). The Toreros finished the weekend with two players batting above .400 led by WCC Player of the Week Chris Woolley (.636) and Dillon Checkal was the other, as he had a nice weekend going 4-for-10 (.400).
BRYANT HAULS IN PRESEASON All-AMERICAN ACCOLADES: Junior third baseman Kris Bryant has been hauling in all the preseason accolades this season. Bryant has been tabbed a preseason All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game, and by the NCBWA. Bryant, a 6-5 junior from Las Vegas, Nev., finished the 2012 season with a .366 batting average after recording 78 hits, 17 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. Bryant also recorded 57 RBI and was slugging at a .671 clip at season's end. Bryant was a first-team All-WCC selection for the second consecutive season and helped lead USD to the third best record in program history at 40-17, and he was a first-team All-America selection by Baseball America last season.
WAGNER A PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Junior right-handed pitcher Michael Wagner has been tabbed a preseason All-America by the NCBWA, and by Louisville Slugger. Wagner, a 6-4 junior right-handed pitcher from Las Vegas, Nev., had a great season on the mound for the Toreros in 2012, as he recorded a 5-2 record, with a 2.58 ERA and he set both the USD and WCC single-season saves record with 19. In 59.1 innings of work, Wagner struck out 53 batters, while only issuing 20 walks, and opponents only hit .246 off of him. In conference action, Wagner was 2-0 with a 5.03 ERA, and five saves en route to a first-team All-WCC selection. He was a NCBWA second-team All-American selection last season as well.
WAGNER AND BRYANT NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES WATCH LIST: A pair of University of San Diego baseball players, junior third baseman Kris Bryant and junior right-handed pitcher Michael Wagner, were both named to the Golden Spikes Preseason Award Watch List.