ON DECK: The University of San Diego baseball team (30-20) will close out the regular-season this week with a pair of road non-conference games at Long Beach State and UC Riverside. USD will head up to Blair Field in Long Beach on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game against the Dirtbags. Then on Wednesday, USD head up to the Inland Empire to take on the Highlanders in a 6 p.m. game at the Riverside Sports Complex.
SCOUTING THE 49ERS: Long Beach State enters the game with an overall record of 25-22 after dropping two of three to Indiana this past weekend. The all-time series is now even at 37 wins apiece, thanks to USD capturing the first meeting, 6-1, back on April 14, 2015 at Fowler Park. Long Beach State's offense is paced by Garret Hampson, who is hitting .291 with 55 hits, seven doubles, three triples and 16 RBI. On the mound, USD will square off against right-hander Ryan Cruz , who is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA.
LAST TIME VS. LONG BEACH STATE: The University of San Diego baseball team scored six unanswered runs to claim a 6-1 win over Long Beach State University on April 14, 2015 in a non-conference game at Fowler Park. Offensively for the Toreros, Bryson Brigman led the way as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Drew Jacobs (2-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed one run on four hits in 5.0 innings of work, while striking out five. LBSU's Darren McCaughan (1-1) was saddled with the loss for the Dirtbags, as he allowed three runs on three hits in 3.0 innings of work.
SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: UC Riverside enters the week with an overall record of 13-35 after getting swept by Hawaii this past weekend in Big West Conference action. UCR is currently riding an eight-game losing streak dating back to April 26, 2015. The Highlanders lead the all-time series at 56-51-2, but the Toreros did win the first meeting this season, 15-2, back on April 8 at Fowler Park. The Riverside offense is paced by Bobby Witt, who is hitting .308 with 40 hits, 12 doubles, one home run and 18 RBI. On the mound, the Riverside pitching staff is anchored down by Kevin Sprague, who is 3-6 with a 4.87 ERA.
LAST TIME VS. RIVERSIDE: The University of San Diego baseball team's bats exploded, as 17 hits led to the Toreros scoring 15 unanswered runs in a 15-2 win over UC Riverside on April 8, 2015 in a non-conference game at Fowler Park. Offensively for the Toreros, Aidan Stinnett led the way, as he went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Grant Melker also had a great night, as he went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Jacob Hill (5-2) picked up the win on the mound for the Toreros, as he allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out five in 5.0 innings of work. Cody Rogina (0-2) was saddled with the loss on the mound for the Highlanders, as he allowed seven runs on six hits in 4.0 innings of work.
A LOOK AHEAD: After Wednesday's game at UC Riverside, the Toreros will take the remainder of the week off to focus on final exams. USD will then head up to Stockton, Calif. to compete in the WCC Tournament as the No. 1 seed on May 21-23. USD will look to earn the WCC Tournament championship to receive the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: With a thrilling 10-6 victory over Pepperdine University on May 10th, the University of San Diego baseball team secured its sixth West Coast Conference regular-season championship in program history, and seventh overall WCC title including the 2013 WCC Tournament championship. USD will look to claim its second WCC Tournament championship next weekend at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. No other WCC team has won more league championships than USD has over the last 13 years, with USD claiming six of those seven titles.
HILL NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Junior right-hander David Hill of the University of San Diego baseball team has been named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. Hill collected the win Friday night, which helped propel the Toreros to a conference title with a series win against Pepperdine. On Friday, Hill (9-3) began the game by retiring the first 12 batters he faced to take a perfect game into the fifth inning before issuing as walk to the lead-off batter. The no-hitter was then broken up in the fifth, only to see Hill storm back, as he retired five of seven batters between the sixth and eight innings via the strikeout. In all, Hill allowed one run on two hits, while striking out 10 batters in his third complete game of the season.
HILL BREAKS 100: David Hill became the first Torero pitcher to surpass the 100 single-season strikeout mark since 2010, when Kyle Blair and AJ Griffin each did it. Hill now has 109 strikeouts on the season, which places him seventh nationally in strikeouts, and it places him eighth on the USD single-season strikeouts list. The USD record holder for single-season strikeouts is Brian Matusz, who recorded 163 in 2007.
LAST 11 GAMES: Over the last 11 games, USD has posted a 7-4 record, and secured the WCC title for the first time since 2010. During this stretch, four different players have been leading the Toreros offensively. All four of them, Jesse Jenner, Jerod Smith, Austin Bailey, and Kyle Holder have recorded 14 hits apiece. Jenner leads the way with a .341 average, and he has six doubles, and nine RBI, while Smith has four doubles and eight RBI, Bailey has three doubles and five RBI, and Holder has seven doubles and seven RBI.
SCORING SIX OR MORE RUNS: An interesting statistic that has popped up all season long is USD's record when scoring six or more runs. USD is 23-2 in these games, yet when scoring five or fewer runs, the Toreros are 7-18.
HILL NAMED TO NATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST: As conference play begins to wind down for many schools, the National College Baseball Hall of Fame released today the initial watch list for the Pitcher of the Year Award. Highlighting this list is junior right-hander David Hill, who is currently 8-3 with a 1.85 ERA in 87.1 innings of work. Hill currently has 99 strikeouts, and has issued 30 walks. The award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented on June 29 in Lubbock as part of the annual Night of Champions.
HOLDER NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES MIDSEASON WATCH LIST: USA Baseball released its 60-player midseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list, continuing the journey to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country in a presentation on Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles. This list is highlighted by the University of San Diego junior shortstop Kyle Holder. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, 2015 marks the 38th year of the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
RECRUITING CLASS RANKED NO. 4 NATIONALLY: Collegiate Baseball has ranked the University of San Diego baseball team's 2014 recruiting class No. 4 nationally. The No. 1 recruiting class goes to LSU, followed by Wichita State, then Florida, and in fourth place comes San Diego. Rounding off the top 10 are Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Texas, Stanford, Virginia and Cal State Fullerton. USD is one of three non-BCS schools in the top-10 baseball recruiting class ranking. San Diego got eight of the nine players who signed a NLI to actually arrive on campus. Joining the Toreros in 2015 will be: Riley Adams (Encinitas, Calif., Canyon Crest HS), Bryson Brigman (San Jose, Calif., Valley Christian High School), Gary Cornish (Scottsdale, Ariz., Palomar College), John Grimsley (Tomball, Texas, Concordia Lutheran HS), twin brothers David Hill and Jacob Hill (Orange, Calif., Orange Coast College), Hunter Parkinson (Santa Cruz, Calif., Soquel HS), and Jonathan Teaney (Palmdale, Calif., Quartz Hill HS). Six of these incoming new players were drafted in this past June's draft, but decided to forgo a professional career at this point to come to USD and helped the Toreros reach their goals of winning the West Coast Conference championship and making USD's inaugural trip to the College World Series.
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