March 17, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team has moved up to No. 17 in the latest Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll, while making their debut in the Baseball America top-25 poll at No. 24. USD also moved up to No. 21 in the latest coaches top-25 poll.
The Toreros posted a perfect 4-0 record this past week, highlighted by a thrilling 5-3 walk-off win over No. 8 Cal State Fullerton. USD then picked up three wins on the road against BYU to open up West Coast Conference play.
On Tuesday, USD hosted the Titans, and sophomore two-way star Troy Conyers stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning, and unleashed a two-run blast over the right field fence to lift USD to victory. Offensively for the Toreros, Josh Goossen-Brown, Louie Lechich and Austin Bailey all went 2-for-5, while Brandon DeFazio went 1-for-1 with a double, and two RBI, and Conyers went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a home run. Max MacNabb (1-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed no runs on no hits in 1.1 innings of work.
The Toreros then hit the road to open West Coast Conference play against Brigham Young University. USD's offense pounded out 14 hits en route to a 14-7 win. Offensively for the Toreros, Joe led the way, as he went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and four RBI. Daniel also went 2-for-3 with a double, to run his hitting streak to 15. PJ Conlon (3-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed two runs on nine hits, while striking out seven in 8.0 innings of work.
On Friday, USD pulled away late to claim a 5-1 win, as they scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the win. Offensively for the Toreros, Lechich led the way, as he went 2-for-4 with a double. Conyers (3-0) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed one unearned run, on six hits in 7.1 innings of work.
Then in Saturday's series finale, USD pounded out a season-high 22 hits en route to a 17-8 win. Offensively for the Toreros, Bailey led the way, as he went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI. Hunter Mercado-Hood also had a great day at the plate, as he too went 4-for-5, and added in one RBI. Four other Toreros recorded multiple hits in the game. Lechich (4-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed two runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings of work.