April 15, 2013
ON DECK: The University of San Diego baseball team (20-15, 6-6 WCC) will close off a five-game home stand on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. game against UC Santa Barbara. The Toreros will then hit the road for a three-game West Coast Conference series against Santa Clara University. Friday’s game will begin at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. and Sunday’s game will begin a 1 p.m.
SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara enters the game with an overall record of 18-16 after dropping two of three to Cal State Fullerton this past weekend in Big West Conference play. The Gauchos lead the all-time series at 22-15-2, with the last meeting between these two schools coming on Feb. 25, 1996, a 16-6 loss for the Toreros in Santa Barbara. The Gauchos offense is paced by sophomore infielder Tyler Kuresa, who is hitting .311 with 41 hits, eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 26 RBI. On the mound, the Toreros will square off against freshman right-hander Connor Baits, who is 1-0 with a 4.29 ERA in 21 innings of work. UCSB is under the direction of first-year head coach Andrew Checketts.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara enters the week with an overall record of 9-26, and they are 0-12 in the WCC after being swept by San Francisco this past weekend. USF and SCU played a combined 35 innings of baseball this past weekend. USD leads the all-time series at 56-52, including wining the last 12 consecutive meetings with the Broncos. Santa Clara’s offense is paced by Greg Harisis, who is hitting .318 with 34 hits, seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and 22 RBI. On the mound, right-hander Reece Karalus anchors things down with a 0-6 overall record and a 6.92 ERA in 39.2 innings of work.
LAST TIME VS. THE BRONCOS: The University of San Diego men’s baseball team completed the series sweep over Santa Clara to open West Coast Conference competition with a 12-4 win on March 26, 2012. San Diego put together 12 hits and scored at least one run in the first five innings. Leading the way offensively was Kris Bryant, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Andrew Daniel went 2-for-4 with three runs and one RBI. Dillon Haupt (1-for-2, two runs scored and two RBI) reached base in four out of his five plate appearances, including three walks, and Bryan Haar added three hits and two RBI. Dylan Covey was strong in his five innings of work, allowing eight hits and two earned runs while striking out seven and walking just one. James Pazos continued to be a workhorse out of the Torero bullpen, as he earned his second save of the season in four shutdown innings, allowing just three hits.
GOING STREAKING: San Diego junior infielder Logan Davis is currently riding a career-high eight game hitting streak. This streak started back on March 29, in a loss to Oregon State, and he has managed to record one hit in all seven of the games since then to run his streak to eight games. Overall, Davis is hitting .361 with 26 hits, one double, one triple and four RBI.
A LOOK AHEAD: San Diego will return home next Tuesday, as they host UC Riverside at 6 p.m. Then they remain at home for a 3-game series against San Francisco next weekend at Fowler Park. Both Friday’s and Saturday’s games will begin at 6 p.m., while Sunday’s finale will be a 1 p.m. first pitch.
LEADING THE NATION: Kris Bryant continues to lead the nation in home runs hit with 15, after taking the first pitch he saw on Saturday against Pepperidne over the center field fence. Bryant also happens to be leading the nation in walks (43), and is third in slugging percentage at .811.
REACHING BASE: Kris Bryant has many great numbers to speak of this season, and here is one more impressive stat to throw at you. He has successfully reached base in 34 of the 35 games USD has played this season. Bryant was on base for the first 24 games of the season, and then didn’t reach base against Cal State Northridge, and since then he is currently on a 10-game streak of reaching base.
TOREROS VS. THE BIG WEST: San Diego has now played in three games this season against teams from the Big West Conference. How did the Toreros fare in these games, USD has posted a 1-2 record. The Toreros downed, then No. 10 and currently No. 4, Cal State Fullerton, 7-4, behind a perfect 2-for-2, two home run and four RBI performance from junior All-American Kris Bryant. USD then dropped a 8-4 decision to Cal State Northridge on March 26 and a 11-4 decision to UC Irvine last week. USD will look to improve upon its record against the Big West with a Tuesday showdown against UC Santa Barbara.
BRYANT EARNS WCC MONTHLY HONORS: Junior All-American Kris Bryant of the 23rd-ranked University of San Diego baseball team has been named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Player of the Month for March, the conference office announced Thursday morning. Bryant, a 6-5 third baseman from Las Vegas, Nev., helped pace the Toreros to a 14-6 record in March, as he went 30-for-73 (.411) with six doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 30 RBI and was slugging at a 1.055 clip, while bolstering an on base percentage of .561. He also drew 24 walks, and was named WCC Player of the Week twice during March.
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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