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May 8, 2018

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The Last Meeting
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April 10, 2018
Riverside, Calif.
Toreros win third straight with 11-2 win over UC Riverside
The USD Toreros (16-17) continued their hot hitting and play with an 11-2 road win over the UC Riverside Highlanders (13-14). The win was USD's third straight.

TOREROS HOST UC RIVERSIDE & ASU: The USD Torero baseball team (21-27, 10-14 WCC) returns to Fowler Park for its final two home games of the season. On Tuesday the Toreros host UC Riverside (16-26) followed by a Wednesday night match-up with Arizona State (19-27). Both games start at 6:00 pm. The Toreros close out the week with a 3-game series at Portland beginning on Friday at 6:00 pm. Saturday’s game is also 6:00 p.m. with Sunday’s finale slated for 1:00 pm.

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 UC Riverside game with a career USD record of 668-472-4 (.586). Including his six years at Cal Lutheran and five at San Francisco, Hill’s career record is 1,000-696-4 (.589). He reached the coveted 1,000-win milestone with Sunday’s walk-off 5-4 victory over Gonzaga in the 11 innings.

TOREROS & HIGHLANDERS MEET FOR SECOND TIME THIS YEAR: The San Diego Toreros and UC Riverside Highlanders meet up for the second time this season and the 116th time overall... Back on April 10th in Riverside the Toreros came away with an 11-2 victory... Brhet Bewley went 3-for-4 with two runs... Jay Schuyler powered a home run and finished 2-for-4 with two runs and Jeff Houghtby went 2-for-2... Tora Otsuka had 3 RBI on the strength of a two-run double... Senior Nate Kuchta came in in relief and over 3.1 innings allowed just one hit to earn the victory... UCR is 16-26 (5-10 Big West)... Colby Shultz is batting .319 with 11 doubles and 17 RBI... Cole Percival leads the pitching staff at 5-3 (3.37 ERA)... Head Coach Troy Percival is in his 4th season.

TORERO TIDBITS: San Diego (21-27 / 10-14 WCC) snapped a 3-game skid with a walk-off 5-4 win over Gonzaga in 11 innings on Sunday... Freshman 1B Shane McGuire picked a great time for his first home run to propel the Toreros to victory.. The win also gave head coach Rich Hill his 1,000th career win (31 seasons with Cal Lu, San Francisco, San Diego)... Junior Kevin Collard also provided fireworks with a pinch-hit three-run home run in the 9th inning to knot the score at 4-all and send the game to extra innings... It was Senior Day and RHP Nathan Kuchta got the call and pitched a gem, allowing just four hits and one run... Freshman Travis Kuhn closed out the final two innings without giving up a hit to earn the victory and improve his record to 4-1... Paul Kunst went 3-for-5 at the plate and Brhet Bewley finished 2-for-4 including his team-leading sixth home run of the season... The week started with an 11-6 road loss at Texas Tech on Tuesday... Adam Kerner and Jeff Houghtby each went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI... It was all Gonzaga in Friday’s opener, a 13-3 contest... Adam Kerner led the way with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, Kunst and Bewley each collected two hits... On Saturday the GU Bulldogs scored five unearned runs in the 5-3 ball game... LHP Chris Murphy pitched well, scattering five hits over 6.2 innings while striking out six... Four different Toreros had two hits with Paul Kunst also scoring two runs and knocking in a run... For the week and four games McGuire paced the Toreros with a .462 batting average (6-for-13) with three runs, one double, one triple and one home run... For the season the Toreros are being paced by Jay Schuyler (.337 b.a., 64 hits, 5 HR, 29 RBIs, 32 runs, 30 RBI), Tora Otsuka (.316 b.a., 55 hits, 30 runs), Adam Kerner (.303 b.a., 13 doubles, 22 RBIs) and Shane McGuire (.297 b.a., 44 hits, 6 doubles, 15 RBIs)... Brhet Bewley ranks first on the team with 34 RBIs... Daniel Gardner joings Kerner with a team-high in doubles (13) and is second in runs scored (31)... Schuyler leads the squad with 21 multi-hit games and 64 hits (#4 WCC)... In WCC games only, a trio of freshmen are leading the offensive attack - Shane McGuire (.346 b.a.), Tora Otsuka (.342 b.a.) and Adam Kerner (.327)... Brhet Bewley leads with 22 RBIs and is followed by Kevin Collard (19) and Daniel Gardner (15)... Otsuka owns the team’s best hitting streak this season (10) while Paul Kunst owns the team’s best mark for consecutive games reaching base (16)... USD starters RHP Paul Richan (91 K’s over 81.2 innings) and LHP Chris Murphy (85 K’s over 72.1 innings) continue to be among the nation’s best in strikeouts... Entering the week Richan ranked #18 in the NCAA in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.00) and #34 in total strikeouts... Murphy ranked #50 in total strikeouts and #82 in strikeouts per nine innings (10.58)... Five former Toreros are currently on MLB rosters - Kris Bryant (Cubs), Sammy Solis (Nationals), Paul Sewald (Mets), James Pazos (Mariners) and PJ Conlon (Mets, making MLB debut on May 7 vs. Cincinnati)... On the brink of MLB rosters - Kyle Holder (AAA-Yankees) & Dylan Covey (AAA-White Sox).

SCOUTING THE ASU SUN DEVILS: Arizona State comes to town with a record of 19-27 (11-13 Pac-12)... This past weekend they went 1-2 against the UW Huskies (4-3 W, 7-3 L, 7-6 L)... Offensively the Sun Devils are being paced by Gage Canning (.385 b.a., 39 runs, 15 doubles, 9 triples, 8 home runs, 41 RBI), Spencer Torkelson (.335 b.a., 49 runs, 10 doubles, 22 HR, 45 RBI) and Lyle Lin (.328 b.a., 15 doubles)... Pitching is led by LHP Dellan Raish (4-1, 2.79 ERA) and LHP Eli Lingos (6-5, 3.54 ERA)... Head Coach Tracy Smith (4th season).

 

 

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