Louie Lechich is slated as tonight's starting pitcher against UNLV
March 25, 2013
ON DECK: The University of San Diego baseball team (15-8, 4-2) has two non-conference showdowns to start the week. The Toreros will host UNLV (17-7, 2-4) Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. and they will travel to Cal. State Northridge (10-12) Tuesday for a 3:00 p.m. game.
SCOUTING THE REBELS: UNLV holds a 17-7 record after losing two of three at San Diego State over the weekend. The Rebels started out the season 14-3, but have gone 3-4 since. UNLV is led by senior OF/SP Mark Shannon, who leads the team in batting average (.351), hits (33), doubles (7), and RBI (17). Shannon will also be the starting pitcher this evening. He enters the game with a 3-0 record and 1.61 ERA in four starts. The Rebels lead the all-time series 14-12.
THRILLING FINISH: After losing the first two games at Gonzaga, the Toreros rallied in the ninth inning to grab a 10-9 win in the final game of the series. With USD trailing 9-8 heading into the top of the ninth inning, USD put on their rally caps and were able to score a pair of runs. Dillon Haupt got things started with a one-out walk. Conner Jauch was then inserted as a pinch runner, and he took advantage of an error by the Gonzaga catcher, and moved to third base. Then after Austin Bailey drew a 2-out walk, Logan Davis drove in Jauch with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 9-all. Chris Woolley then drew a walk to load the bases, and AJ Robinson drew a bases-loaded walk to give USD the 10-9 victory.
CHASING HISTORY: Junior All-American Kris Bryant is chasing every home run record in USD history. The 12 home runs on the season now gives Bryant 35 for his career, which places him tied for fifth all-time in career home runs. Bryant hit 14 home runs last season, placing him fifth on the single season home run list at USD. Bryant needs one more home run to break back into the single-season list at USD, needs six more to tie the single-season record, and seven more to break the record currently held by Dave Rolls of 18 set in 1988. Bryant is also chasing the career home runs leaders at USD, which is held by Sean Baron (43). Bryant is just eight shy of this mark and nine shy of breaking it, as he currently sits fifth all-time with 35. Bryant currently leads the team in batting average (.383), runs (35), home runs (12), RBI (27), total bases (76), walks (29), and stolen bases (5).
A LOOK AHEAD: USD will host the No. 2 team in the nation in Oregon State (21-2) later this week. The series kicks off Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (Friday's game will also be at 6:00 p.m. and will wrap up Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game.
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.
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.