March 27, 2013
ON DECK: The University of San Diego baseball team (16-9, 4-2 WCC) will take a break from West Coast Conference action this week, as they host No. 2 Oregon State University in a three-game series at Fowler Park. Both Thursday’s and Friday’s games will begin at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s finale will be at 1 p.m.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Oregon State enters the game ranked the No. 2 team in the nation, with a 21-2 overall record after taking 2-of-3 from Arizona State this past weekend in PAC-12 play. USD leads the all-time series at 7-4, with the last meeting coming on February 25, 2012, a 13-2 USD win. The Beavers offense is paced by Michael Conforto, who is hitting .375 with 30 hits, two doubles, one triple, six home runs and 22 RBI. Matt Boyd anchors down the pitching rotation for the Beavers with a undefeated 5-0 record and a 1.26 ERA in 43.0 innings of work.
LAST TIME VS. OREGON STATE: For a third consecutive game, the Torero offense explodes in late innings to propel the University of San Diego baseball team (4-2) to a 13-2 upset win over No. 21 Oregon State University on February 25, 2012 in a non-conference game at Cunningham Stadium. The Toreros recorded 16 hits as a team, marking the third consecutive game the Toreros have recorded double-digit hits. Kris Bryant paced the San Diego offense, as he went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a double. Dillon Haupt also had a productive day at the plate, as he went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, while Andrew Daniel and Austin Bailey each went 2-for-4 at the plate.
LAST TIME OUT: The University of San Diego baseball team (16-9) dropped an 8-4 non-conference decision to Cal State Northridge (11-12) Tuesday afternoon. Offensively for the Toreros, Lechich led the way, as he went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI. Bailey also had a productive day at the plate, as he went 1-for-2 with one double and three RBI. Trevor Bayless (2-2) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work. CSUN’s Cohen (1-1) was credited with the win as he allowed two runs on two hits in 1.0 innings of work.
LEADING THE NATION: Junior All-American Kris Bryant’s impressive home run numbers continue to lead the nation. On the season, Bryant has 12 home runs, just six shy of the USD single-season record. Along with Bryant, senior catcher Dillon Haupt is leading he nation in doubles with 11. Bryant is also near the top of other key statistical categories nationally, as he is third in walks with 29, and second in runs scored with 35.
DANIEL COMING AROUND: Over the last five games, in which USD has played in five consecutive days, Andrew Daniel has been one bright spot for the Toreros offense. Daniel has gone 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles and one RBI, while rotating between several positions on the field. Overall, Daniel is now hitting .276 with 21 hits, five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI.
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 (.364), runs (35), home runs (12), RBI (28), total bases (78), walks (29), and stolen bases (5).
TOREROS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: San Diego has a perfect 1-0 record against teams ranked in the top-25 this season. USD’s lone showdown with a ranked opponent came against, then No. 10, Cal State Fullerton back on March 5 at Fowler Park. In that game, Kris Bryant went 2-for-2 with two home runs and four RBI to lead the offense. USD will look to improve upon that record this weekend with three games against No. 2 Oregon State.
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will resume West Coast Conference play next week, as they travel to Los Angeles for a three-game tilt with Loyola Marymount University. Friday’s game will be at 3 p.m., while both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will begin at 2 p.m.
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 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.
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