March 10, 2014
ON DECK: The University of San Diego baseball team (10-4) will return home on Tuesday, as they host No. 8 Cal State Fullerton in a 6 p.m., non-conference game at Fowler Park. USD then hits the road to open West Coast Conference play with a three-game series at BYU. On Thursday, the game is schedule for a 5 p.m. (PT) first pitch, followed by a 1 p.m. game on Friday and a 11 a.m., game on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton enters the game with an overall record of 8-5 after dropping two of three at Baylor this past weekend. The Titans lead the all-time series at 64-19-3, dating back to the Division II days. USD has however won two of the last three meetings. The Titans offense is paced by Matt Chapman, who is hitting .309 with 17 hits, five doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI. A starting pitcher has yet to be announced for the Titans.
LAST TIME VS. THE TITANS Behind a perfect 2-for-2, two home run and four RBI performance from junior All-American Kris Bryant, the University of San Diego baseball team upset No. 10 Cal State Fullerton, 7-3, on March 5, 2013 in a non-conference game at Fowler Park and Cunningham Field. Offensively for the Toreros, Bryant led the way going 2-for-2 with two home runs, two walks, and four RBI. Connor Joe also had a great game, as he went 2-for-3 with a home run and one RBI, while Logan Davis also went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Max Homick picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work, and stuck out three batters.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS: Brigham Young University enters the week with an overall record of 7-10 after splitting a four-game series with Nicholls State this past week. The Cougars will take on Dallas Baptist on Monday before hosting the Toreros this weekend. USD leads the all-time series at 10-1, including winning all five meetings this past season. BYU's offense is paced by Dillon Robinson, who is hitting .387 with 22 hits, three doubles and nine RBI. The Pitching rotation is anchored down by Desmond Poulson, who is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 30.1 innings of work this season.
LAST TIME VS. THE COUGARS: Behind a dominating pitching performance from junior lefty Louie Lechich, the University of San Diego baseball team held off a late Brigham Young University rally to claim a 7-4 win on May 24, 2013 in the West Coast Conference Tournament, eliminating the Cougars from the tournament. Lechich held the normally potent BYU offense at bay, as he allowed just one hit going into seventh inning. He finished with allowing three runs on three hits in a career-high 6.2 innings of work, while striking out a pair of batters. Offensively for the Toreros, Lechich led the way, as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Connor Joe went 3-for-5 with one RBI.
TOREROS ON TV: Two of the three games this weekend will be aired live on BYUtv. Thursday's series opener and Saturday's series finale can both be viewed live on BYUtv. This will mark the third and fourth televised broadcasts the Toreros have been involved with to this point in the season, as USD had its first two games of the season aired live on Fox Sports San Diego against New Mexico. USD is now 1-1 in televised games on the sesason.
EIGHT STRAIGHT: Unofficially, the Toreros have tied for the longest streak in the nation of recording double-digit hits at eight. This streak began back on Feb. 19, when USD pounded out a season-high 19 hits in a win over New Mexico. USD then recorded 18, 13, 15, 16, 14, 11 and 11 hits over the next seven games, before seeing that streak come to an end this past week against San Diego State.
DANIEL'S HITTING STREAK: Junior infielder Andrew Daniel is currently ridding a team-best 13-game hitting streak. He has recorded at least one hit in all 13 games he has played in so far this season. Daniel is currently leading the team with a .453 average, while recording 24 hits, four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI. Daniel is now almost halfway to matching USD's longest hitting streak of 31, held by Josh Harris, set in the 2000 season.
CONYERS DEALS AGAIN: Sophomore lefty Troy Conyers had yet another impressive outing on the mound in Friday's win over No. 12 Oklahoma State. Conyers completely dominated the opposing batters, as he allowed three runs, two earned, while surrendering only one hit. In Conyers last two outings, he as only allowed two total hits, while ringing up a combined 14 batters, eight against Baylor, and six against OSU. On the season, Conyers is now 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA, and leads the team with 21 strikeouts.
CONLON TABBED A PRESEASON All-AMERICAN: Sophomore left-handed pitcher PJ Conlon has been tabbed a Louisville Slugger third-team preseason All-American. Conlon, a 6-0 sophomore from Placentia, Calif., had quite an impressive rookie campaign, posting a 9-1 record, while bolstering an ERA of 2.16. Conlon became the first freshman in USD history to begin a season at 9-0. Conlon made 25 total appearances with 10 starts, and moved himself into the Friday starter in the Torero rotation. In WCC play, Conlon posted a perfect 6-0 record with a 1.28 ERA in 49.1 innings of work, including one complete game.
JOE HAULS IN PRESEASON All-AMERICAN ACCOLADES: Junior catcher Connor Joe has been tabbed a Louisville Slugger third-team preseason All-American. Joe, a 6-0 junior from Poway, Calif., had a great sophomore campaign in which he hit .319 with 74 hits, 14 doubles, seven home runs and 43 RBI. In WCC action, Joe hit .301 with 28 hits, six doubles, three home runs and had 19 RBI. Joe continued his hot play this past summer, as he was a Cape Cod All-Star, and started at catcher in the All-Star game. While playing with the Chatham Anglers, Joe hit .308 with 45 hits, nine doubles, one triple, three home runs and had 22 RBI.
PADRES COMING TO FOWLER PARK: The San Diego Padres announced changes to the March 2014 exhibition game schedule. As was previously announced, the Padres will host the Cleveland Indians for two exhibition games in San Diego prior to the regular season opener. Both games will be played at the University of San Diego's Fowler Park and Cunningham Field, the first on Friday, March 28 at 6:10 p.m. PT, and the second on Saturday, March 29 at 1:10 p.m. PT.
TWO TOREROS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Junior catcher Connor Joe and sophomore left-handed pitcher PJ Conlon were named to the preseason All-WCC team. Conlon, a 6-0 sophomore from Placentia, Calif., had quite an impressive rookie campaign, posting a 9-1 record, while bolstering an ERA of 2.16. Conlon became the first freshman in USD history to begin a season at 9-0. Conlon made 25 total appearances with 10 starts, and moved himself into the Friday starter in the Torero rotation. In WCC play, Conlon posted a perfect 6-0 record with a 1.28 ERA in 49.1 innings of work, including one complete game. Joe, a 6-0 junior from Poway, Calif., had a great sophomore campaign in which he hit .319 with 74 hits, 14 doubles, seven home runs and 43 RBI. In WCC action, Joe hit .301 with 28 hits, six doubles, three home runs and had 19 RBI. Joe continued his hot play this past summer, as he was a Cape Cod All-Star, and started at catcher in the All-Star game. While playing with the Chatham Anglers, Joe hit .308 with 45 hits, nine doubles, one triple, three home runs and had 22 RBI.
PICKED TO WIN IT: For the seventh straight year, the University of San Diego has been selected to win the 2014 West Coast Conference baseball championship, in a preseason poll of the WCC's 10 head coaches. The defending WCC Tournament Champion Toreros earned six of 10 possible first-place votes and 76 overall points in the poll. Pepperdine University, the 2012 WCC Champions, earned 68 points and picked up one first place vote, while the University of San Francisco, a 2013 NCAA Regional participant, collected 66 points and a pair of first place votes in the annual survey. Loyola Marymount University captured 56 points to finish fourth, while 2013 regular season champion Gonzaga University rounded out the top-five with 51 votes. BYU was tabbed sixth with 49 points and collected a first place vote. The University of Portland (27), conference newcomer the University of the Pacific (23), Saint Mary's College (21) and Santa Clara University (13) 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 2014 spring season will be Hill's 27th year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and 16th at USD, having enjoyed 23 winning seasons in 26 years. Since taking over at USD in 1999, Hill has been remarkable in leading the Toreros to 15 winning campaigns, rewriting the school record book en route to claiming five West Coast Conference Championship titles in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2010, and one WCC Tournament Championship in 2013. 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.
2014 LIVE STATS AVAILABLE: All of San Diego's home games, and select road games can be followed live via Stat broadcast on the Toreros athletic web site at www.usdtoreros.com. Statbroadcast 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.