Baseball Looks to Return to Winning Ways This Week

March 1, 2010

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ON DECK: The University of San Diego baseball team (4-4) will travel to play No. 18 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday at Goodwin Field with a 6 p.m. first pitch. On Friday, San Diego will host No. 23 Kentucky on Friday in a 2 p.m. game, and the Toreros will conclude the week with a 1 p.m. game against Monmouth.

SCOUTING THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton enters the game with an overall record of 2-4 after dropping two-of-three to Texas Christian this past weekend. The Titans lead the all-time series at 61-16-3. CSUF is led offensively by junior infielder Gary Brown, who has a .370 batting average with 10 hits, three doubles, a triple and two RBI. On the mound, the Toreros will face junior lefty Kevin Rath, who is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three appearances this season. Fullerton is under the direction of third-year head coach Dave Serrano. During his time in Orange County, Serrano has posted an overall record of 90-42.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Kentucky enters the week unbeaten on the season with a 6-0 record and are ranked as high as No. 23 in the latest Baseball America top-25 poll. The Wildcats have been led offensively by its preseason All-American second baseman, junior Chris Bisson, who leads UK with a .385 (10-for-26) average, adding two doubles, one triple, two homers and 10 RBI, drawing four walks. On the mound, the Toreros will face left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell, who enters the week with an overall record of 0-0 and a 4.50 ERA. Kentucky is under the direction of second-year head coach Gary Henderson. During his time in Lexington, Henderson has posted an overall record of 34-26.

SCOUTING THE HAWKS: Monmouth has yet to play a game this season due to inclement weather over the first two weeks of the season. The Hawks were selected second in the 2010 NEC Baseball Preseason Poll after winning their fourth league title in 2009. The Hawks tallied league highs in runs (445) runs and hits (636) last season, but loses the right side of an infield that featured second team All-NEC first baseman Paul Bottigliero (17 HR, 58 RBI) and NEC Tournament MVP Chris Collazo (.376, 46 RBI, 57 R). Junior Nick Pulsonetti, the Hawks second-leading hitter last season (.355, 11 HR, 53 RBI) returns as do a pair of .320 hitters in junior Ryan Terry and sophomore outfielder David Jacob. Senior southpaws Kyle Breese and Nick Vallillo, who combined for an 8-5 record last season, are the team's two most-experienced starting pitchers. The Hawks are under the direction of 17th-year head coach Dean Ehehalt. During his tenure at Monmouth, Ehehault has posted an overall record of 428-387-2.

THE POLLS: Cal State Fullerton enters the week ranked as high as No. 18 in the Baseball America Poll, while Kentucky checks in at No. 23 in the same poll. USD dropped out of all the top-25 polls, and Monmouth is not ranked in any of the top-25 polls.

A LOOK AHEAD: Next week, USD will again have a busy week as they play five games in six days. USD will begin the week on Tuesday when they travel to play UC Irvine on Tuesday in a 6 p.m. game, before returning home to host San Francisco on Thursday at 2 p.m., UAB on Friday at 2 p.m., Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Fresno State on Sunday at 12 p.m.

WCC CO-PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore lefty Sammy Solis of the University of San Diego baseball team was named the West Coast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. This is Solis' first WCC Player of the Week award of his career. Solis tossed a gem in Friday's win 2-0 over cross-town rival San Diego State University. Solis turned in his most impressive performance this season, as he allowed no runs on four hits, while striking out six batters in 6.0 innings of work. Solis struck out four of the first eight batters he faced to really set the tone for the game. Solis has now moved his season ERA to 0.82 and has recorded 10 strikeouts on the season, good for third best on the team.

MEADOR SWINGING IT WELL: Senior outfielder James Meador has picked up right where he left off from last season, red hot at the plate. So far this season, Meador has led USD in batting in the first two weeks, hitting a combined .483 with 14 hits, three doubles, two home runs and a team-leading 11 RBI. This past week, Meador went 6-for-15 (.400) with one double, one home run and five RBI. This past week, Meador also posted a .667 slugging percentage and had an on base percentage of .500.

BLAIR K'S 11: Junior right-hander Kyle Blair recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts in Sunday's loss to San Diego State. While Blair received a no-decision after allowing three runs on three hits in 6.1 innings of work, he had a great performance on the mound for the Toreros. With his 11 strikeouts, Blair moved into the team-lead in strikeouts with 19.

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 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. This Tuesday's game against No. 18 Cal State Fullerton will have a live audio broadcast with Murray providing all the play-by-play and providing color commentary will be USD Hall of Fame head coach John "JC" Cunningham.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE RANKED NO 3: According to Boyd's World, the University of San Diego baseball schedule has been rated the third toughest schedule in the nation. The Toreros' schedule features yet another strong caliber of opponents, much like the 2009 season. San Diego will face nine NCAA Tournament participants including the Rice, Coastal Carolina, Gonzaga, Indiana, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State, San Diego State, and Fresno State to highlight USD's schedule. The Toreros will compete in 26 games against this top competition.

BLAIR NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Junior right-hander Kyle Blair of the University of San Diego baseball team was named to Baseball America's preseason third-team All-America team as a starting pitcher. Blair, a 6-3 junior from Monte Serento, Calif., is coming off an injury shortened sophomore campaign in which he went 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA and racked up 62 strikeouts in 54.2 innings of work. Blair made eight starts and 10 total appearances last season, while also picking up a pair of saves. As a freshman, Blair had a solid campaign posting an 8-4 record with a 3.86 ERA and he racked up 99 strikeouts.

2010 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 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.

TOREROS TABBED FAVORITES IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: San Diego was picked as the favorite to win this year's WCC regular season title in the 2010 preseason baseball poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Toreros received six first place votes for a total of 48 points. Pepperdine was picked second with 38 points, while San Francisco totaled 33 points for third. The 2009 WCC Champion Gonzaga got one first place vote for 29 points to finish fourth, just edging out 2009 runner-up Loyola Marymount, which received 28 points for fifth. Rounding out this year's preseason poll are Santa Clara, which received the last first place vote with 20 points, Saint Mary's with 17 points, and Portland with 11 points. San Diego is coming off a fifth place finish last year and return a number of key players, including 2009 WCC Player of the Year James Meador (SR, OF), and 2009 All-WCC first team members Zach Walters (JR, SS) and AJ Griffin (SR, RHP), who also made the preseason all-conference team. In addition, Head Coach Rich Hill, who is the league's all-time leader in WCC victories (246), will bring back Kevin Muno (JR, OF) and Kyle Blair (JR, RHP), who were both named to the preseason all-conference team. In all, San Diego, which led the league in batting average (.319), brings back eight starting position players and four pitchers.



Video Thumbnail Toreros Play LMU & Pepperdine at Home
No. 5 USD Volleyball play LMU on Thursday night and Pepperdine Saturday Afternoon
Video Thumbnail USD Hosts Valparaiso
The Toreros take on Valparaiso at home Saturday afternoon
Video Thumbnail Women's Soccer Plays BYU at Home
After a win at Gonzaga the Toreros take on BYU in the Torero Stadium
Video Thumbnail USD Women Lead Softball Clinic
USD Softball worked with Montgomery Middle School in community service project
Video Thumbnail USD Plays Drake In Fourth PFL Game Of The Season
The Toreros travel to Iowa in hopes of continuing their undefeated PFL season
Video Thumbnail The Rise (1973-84)
Short documentary on men's basketball's jump to DI and their first WCC championship
Video Thumbnail San Diego Beats Davidson 52-3
USD now 3-0 in the PFL
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Rise
Men's Basketball fundraiser brings together alumni, student-athletes and the USD community
Video Thumbnail Thrive Elementary Visits Men's Soccer Team
Toreros put on skills clinic for local children
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Allyson Eylers
Freshman setter from Gilbert, Arizona
Video Thumbnail USD Receives Award From Autism Tree Project Foundation
The Legacy Award goes to USD for football and baseball's work with the athlete-mentor program
Video Thumbnail USD plays Davidson in Torero Stadium for Homecoming Weekend
Toreros play Davidson hoping to take home the 25th straight PFL home victory
Video Thumbnail Pack the Pavilion Night Against BYU
No. 6 Toreros battle No. 11 BYU for the first place spot in conference
Video Thumbnail Toreros Prepare For Butler
Smith and Coach Lindsey talk challenges and strategies for first away PFL game
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Megan Jacobsen
Jacobsen is a 6'2" middle blocker from Tacoma, Washington
Video Thumbnail USD Wins Big Conference Game Against Dayton
Toreros beat Dayton 34-22
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Plays USF for First WCC Play
Kristen Gengenbacher & Kaity Edwards talk about excitement for WCC play
Video Thumbnail USD Hosts Dayton in PFL Opener
Co-Captain Brian Riley & Coach Lindsey talk about the challenges of the Saturday's game
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Highlights from Wins Over UCSB and LBSU
Volleyball up to no. 7 after dominant weekend
Video Thumbnail Meet The Toreros: Ana Ramos
Freshman guard from Portugal
Video Thumbnail Cross Country Shows Speed on Home Course
The women finished second overall & the men finished fourth overall
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Kaity Edwards
6-2 MH From Playa Del Rey, CA
Video Thumbnail Second Home Tournament Preview
Lauren Schad & Jayden Kennedy talk about new ranking and preview upcoming games
Video Thumbnail Home Cross Country Race Preview
Head Coach Guarino and seniors Benster & Smith talk about the new team
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Highlights from Home Tournament Sweep
Volleyball beats UCI, CU and UCLA at their first home tournament
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night
Head Coach Smith talks about upcoming annual fundraiser
Video Thumbnail Volleyball's First Home Tournament of the Season
Kramer & Jennings recap last game and share excitement for upcoming tournament
Video Thumbnail Football Plays Cal Poly After 27-0 Opening Week Win
Giorgi and Lindsey recap game against WNM and preview Cal Poly
Video Thumbnail Men's Soccer Home Opener Preview
Price & McFadden preview UCD & Sac State
Video Thumbnail WNMU recap
Postgame Highlights & Interviews
Video Thumbnail #GameChangers
Who's Next?
Video Thumbnail Western New Mexico Preview
Jamal Agnew & Anthony Lawrence break down WNMU.
Video Thumbnail USD vs. Stanford Volleyball UPSET
Torero women win 3 of 5 sets against #11 Stanford.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Pineiro
Versatile 6'6" forward will redshirt 2016-17 season.
Video Thumbnail Men's Soccer Kicks Off Season In NC
Coach McFadden & Michael Turner Preview Matches vs Duke & Elon.
Video Thumbnail Softball Golf Tournament Promo
September 17th at Bernardo Heights CC.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Wright
Former Utah Ute will redshirt the 2016-17 season.
Video Thumbnail Training Camp Update
Team prepares for Saturday scrimmage.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Patricia Brossmann
6'0" freshman forward from Berlin, Germany.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Mark Carbone
6'2" freshman guard from Wethersfield, CT.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Madison Pollock
6'1" freshman guard from Snohomish, Wash.
Video Thumbnail Women's Soccer In the Community
Toreros host soccer skills clinic at Linda Vista Elementary.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Juwan Gray
6'8" freshman forward from Dover, Delaware.
Video Thumbnail Toreros Open Training Camp
The USD women's soccer team began training camp today.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Nassir Barrino
6'0" freshman guard from Newark, New Jersey.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: José Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Video Thumbnail Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
Video Thumbnail 2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
Video Thumbnail Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
Video Thumbnail Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
Video Thumbnail NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
Video Thumbnail 2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
Video Thumbnail Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade

Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
Video Thumbnail Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
Video Thumbnail 2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
Video Thumbnail The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
Video Thumbnail MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
Video Thumbnail USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
Video Thumbnail USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
Video Thumbnail UCLA Preview
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
Video Thumbnail Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
Video Thumbnail Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
Video Thumbnail Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
Video Thumbnail BYU Preview
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.
Video Thumbnail City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park
Video Thumbnail Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play
Video Thumbnail Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences
Video Thumbnail Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99
Video Thumbnail Butler Preview
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler
Video Thumbnail CSUN Preview
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN
Video Thumbnail USC Preview
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC
Video Thumbnail Davidson Preview
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game
Video Thumbnail San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic
Video Thumbnail Nevada Preview
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend
Video Thumbnail USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
Video Thumbnail Campbell Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell
Video Thumbnail Stetson Preview
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
Video Thumbnail WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day
Video Thumbnail Warner Recap
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Video Thumbnail Warner Preview

Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Video Thumbnail Torero Community Service

USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball Camp Update

Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
Video Thumbnail Drake Preview

Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Dayton Preview

Toreros look for 4th straight win
Video Thumbnail LMU Preview

Pack the Stadium Night
Video Thumbnail ITA All-American's Preview

Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
Video Thumbnail Marist Preview

USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak
Video Thumbnail Valparaiso Preview

Toreros First True Road Game of 2015
Video Thumbnail CSUN and UCSB Preview

Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak
Video Thumbnail Aztec Invite Recap

Both Squads Finish Second
Video Thumbnail SDSU Preview

Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival
Video Thumbnail WNMU Recap

Highlights from 45-21 win
Video Thumbnail 2015 Home Opener

Previewing Western New Mexico
Video Thumbnail Volleyball Tournament Preview

A preview of the USD Tournament
Video Thumbnail Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
Video Thumbnail Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
Video Thumbnail 2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.


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