March 10, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team has remained in the top-25 for a second consecutive week, making their inaugural debut in the USAToday Coaches top-25 coaches poll at No. 25.
The Toreros (10-4) posted a 2-3 overall record this past week, as they dropped a 5-2 decision to California, then a 8-5 decision to San Diego State, then a heartbreaking 6-5 result to No. 12 Oklahoma State, before bouncing back to win the final two games of the Oklahoma State series on Friday and Sunday.
In Monday's loss to California, Hunter Mercado-Hood went 2-for-2 at the plate, while Jesse Jenner went 2-for-4 with a double. Louie Lechich was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work.
In Tuesday's loss to cross-town rival San Diego State, Brandon DeFazio led the way as he went 2-for-2, while five other Toreros recorded one hit a piece. Ryan Olson was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings of work.
In Friday's series opening loss to OSU, the Cowboys scored six unanswered runs to come from behind and claim the win. Offensively for the Toreros, Andrew Daniel led the way, as he went 3-for-5 with two doubles, and one run scored. CJ Burdick was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed one run on one hit in 0.2 innings of work.
In Friday's night cap, USD bounced back with a thrilling 10-6 win. Offensively for the Toreros, Connor Joe led the way, as he went 4-for-5 with two RBI, while Lechich also had a productive day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI. Troy Conyers picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he completely dominated the opposing batters. Conyers, allowed three runs, two earned, while surrendering only one hit.
Then in Sunday's finale, USD left no question who the better team was, in a 7-0 shutout victory over OSU. Lechich had perhaps his best pitching performance in a Torero uniform, as he tossed his first career complete game shutout, allowing no runs on six hits, while striking out a career-high nine batters. Offensively for the Toreros, Lechich led the way, as he went 3-for-5 with one RBI. Josh Goossen-Brown also had a good day at the plate, as he went 2-for-4 with on RBI.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday, when they host No. 8 Cal State Fullerton in a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Fowler Park.