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Toreros host Titans on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
April 16, 2018

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TOREROS HOST CS FULLERTON ON TUESDAY: The USD Torero baseball team (17-18, 7-7 WCC) will host the Cal State Fullerton Titans (17-17, 4-2 BWC) in a nonconference game on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm. San Diego will then embark on eight straight road games beginning with a 3-game series on Friday at Pepperdine (April 20-22).

FOWLER PARK TICKETS: Single-game tickets for San Diego baseball are now on sale. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 4-12). Group ticket pricing is also available for groups of 10 ($8) and 20 or more ($5). Season tickets are also available, starting at $150 and are available to young alumni for $75. Season tickets can be purchased on USDToreros.com or by calling 619-260-7550.

STREAM/STATS: The University of San Diego home games will be streamed on TheW.tv with Jack Murray bringing you all of the action. Former Torero head coach John Cunningham will provide analysis when he is available. Live stats can also be found at www.usdtoreros.com.

TORERO SKIPPER Rich Hill: Rich Hill has built the USD Toreros into one of the most successful Division I baseball programs on the West Coast. The 2018 season is Hill’s 31st year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and 20th at USD, having enjoyed 26 winning seasons in 30 years. Since taking over at USD in 1999, Hill has been remarkable in re-writing the school record book en route to claiming back-to-back West Coast Conference Championship titles in 2002 and 2003 and also claiming the WCC crown in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Under his leadership, USD produced three consecutive first round picks in Kris Bryant, Connor Joe and Kyle Holder (2013-15). USD has had 50 players sign a pro contract in the last nine years and has been tabbed the WCC preseason favorite for nine of the past eleven years. Hill enters the Cal State Fullerton game with a career USD record of 664-464-4 (.588). Including his six years at Cal Lutheran and five at San Francisco, Hill’s career record is 996-688-4 (.591). Remarkably he needs just four more wins to reach the coveted 1,000 win club.

PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS FOR THE USD-CSF GAME:
USD all-time series vs. CSF: 13 wins / 66 losses / 3 ties
TUE: RHP Nate Kuchta (1-1, 4.26 ERA) vs. LHP Timothy Josten (0-1, 2.19 ERA)

TOREROS & TITANS MEET FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON: The Toreros and Cal State Fullerton Titans met back on March 20th in Fullerton and the Titans came away with a 9-3 victory. Three different Toreros collected two hits - Paul Kunst (2-4, 1 RBI), Jay Schuyler (2-4, double) and Tyler Herburger (2-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, double). Five different pitchers saw action with Doug Nimura allowing just two hits and no runs over 1.2 innings of work. Fullerton was paced by Mitchell Berryhill (2-4, 2 RBIs) and Jairus Richards (1-1, 1 run, 2 RBIs).

OTSUKA TURNS IN SOLID WEEK: Freshman right fielder Tora Otsuka (Rancho Bernardo, Calif.) turned in a solid week over the past four Torero games. He banged out a team-high eight hits (16 at-bats) for a .500 batting average while leading the team in runs (5) and total bases (9). His 3 RBIs matched five other teammates. He improved his season totals to .340 batting average (49-144) with 25 runs, 5 doubles and 13 RBIs. He also is now 10-for-11 in the stolen base department.

TORERO TIDBITS: San Diego (17-19 / 7-8 WCC) went 2-2 this past week and started with a 11-2 road win at UC Riverside... Nate Kuchta (1-1) allowed just two hits over 3.1 innings of relief to pick up the win... Brhet Bewley led four Toreros with a multi-hit night as he finished 3-4 with two runs... Jay Schuyler hit his 5th home run and Jeff Houghtby went 2-2 with a triple... Against Saint Mary’s on Friday the Toreros extended their winning streak to four with a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over the Gaels... USD scored five runs in the bottom of the 8th to overcome an 8-4 deficit... Freshman Gabriel Ponce (3-2) picked up the win in relief and Travis Kuhn pitched the 9th inning, facing just four batters, to earn his first save... On Saturday the Gaels snapped USD’s win streak with a 6-5 victory... The Toreros were leading 3-1 heading to the 6th inning when the Gaels used five hits to score five runs in taking a 6-3 lead... Jay Schuyler added a clutch 2-run single in the 7th to pull the Toreros within one run... In the bottom of the 9th with one out and a runner of first, Tora Otsuka came up to bat... Already with three hits on the day, he hit his hardest ball on a line drive to right center, but Jacob Talamante made a great running catch and was able to double off Paul Kunst at first base to end the game... It was all SMC in the rubber game on Sunday as they banged out 19 hits in a 16-2 victory... Otsuka was the lone Torero with two hits... Junior RHP Nigel Ward had the most success on the mound as he allowed just one hit over 2.2 innings of work... For the season the Toreros are being paced by Jay Schuyler (.340 b.a., 50 hits, 5 HR, 22 RBIs), Tora Otsuka (.340 b.a., 49 hits, 25 runs), Shane McGuire (.302 b.a., 32 hits, 5 doubles, 12 RBIs), Kevin Collard (.300 b.a., 2 HR, 18 RBIs) and Paul Kunst (.273 b.a., 41 hits)... Daniel Gardner and Brhet Bewley lead the team with 23 RBIs each, and Gardner owns team-highs of 11 doubles and 26 runs scored... Freshman Connor Doyle has made the most of his 9 hits (1 triple, 2 HR, 9 RBIs) while Dante Gutierrez has contributed some clutch hitting of late (5-15, .333 b.a., 2 runs, 3 RBIs)... Schuyler continues to lead the squad with 17 multi-hit games but is closely followed by Otsuka (16) and Kunst (14)... Schuyler’s 50 hits ranks #3 in the WCC and #82 in the NCAA, while Otsuka’s 49 hits is #4/#99... USD starters RHP Paul Richan (73 K’s over 60.2 innings) and LHP Chris Murphy (71 K’s over 52.0 innings) are among the nation’s best in strikeouts... Richan ranks #23 in the NCAA in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.30) and #24 in total strikeouts... Murphy ranks #28 in total strikeouts and #31 in strikeouts per nine innings (12.29).

SCOUTING THE CSF TITANS: The Titans (17-17, 4-2 BWC) return to San Diego after going 1-2 this past weekend against the San Diego State Aztecs (3-6, 13-9, 6-9)... CSF entered the 3-game series riding a 6-game winning streak... Junior OF Mitchell Berryhill leads the offensive attack with his .315 batting average (34-108)... Sophomore C Daniel Cope (20 RBIs) and junior OF Ruben Cardenas (19 RBIs) lead the Titans in the runs batted in department... Cardenas leads the team with 23 runs to go with five doubles, three triples and two home runs... RHP Tommy Wilson (3-0, 3.32 ERA) and RHP Colton Eastman (4-3, 2.31 ERA, 60 K’s) lead the pitchers... Head Coach Rick Vanderhook is in his 7th season.

The Last Meeting
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Cal State Fullerton9
March 20, 2018
Fullerton, Calif.
Toreros fall to Cal State Fullerton 9-3
The USD Toreros (10-11) dropped a 9-3 nonconference game at Cal State Fullerton (8-10) this evening in Fullerton. Tyler Herburger and Paul Kunst each collected two hits and knocked in a run, but it wasn’t enough as the Titans broke open a 3-3 game with four runs in the 7th inning and added two more in the 8th.


 

 

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