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Toreros close out 2018 campaign with two games at Oregon State
May 14, 2018

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TOREROS CLOSE OUT SEASON AT OREGON STATE: The USD Torero baseball team (23-30) will close out the 2018 campaign with two nonconference games against No. 2 Oregon State (38-8-1). Monday’s contest will begin at 5:35 p.m. at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, while Tuesday’s season finale will be at 5:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks).

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 Oregon State series with a career USD record of 670-475-4 (.584). Including his six years at Cal Lutheran and five at San Francisco, Hill’s career record is 1,002-699-4 (.589). He reached the coveted 1,000-win milestone with a walk-off 5-4 victory over Gonzaga in the 11 innings on May 6th.

TOREROS WIN SERIES OVER PORTLAND: The San Diego Toreros won two out of three games this past weekend over the Portland Pilots. USD won Friday’s contest by the score of 9-4 and then followed up with a 5-0 shutout on Saturday to claim the series. Portland prevented the series sweep on Sunday by rallying for a 4-3 victory. In Friday’s 9-4 victory junior RHP Paul Richan struck out ten Pilots and scattered seven hits through eight innings of work to earn his 4th win of the season. Paul Kunst went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored. Brhet Bewley chipped in with a 3-for-5 night with four RBI. On Saturday sophomore LHP Chris Murphy pitched a complete-game four-hit shutout as the Toreros earned a 5-0 victory. Murphy totaled six strikeouts on the night. Offensively the Toreros banged out 16 hits with Bewley and Adam Kerner eaching totaling three hits. In Sunday’s finale, the Toreros held a 3-2 lead through six innings, but the Pilots scored two in the 7th against reliever Anthony Donatella that held up. Torero starter Nathan Kuchta turned in a solid outing scattering eight hits and allowing two runs through five innings of work. Adam Kerner and Kevin Collard each turned in 2-for-4 outings.

CONLON MAKES MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT: Former Torero pitcher PJ Conlon, a 2015 13th round draft pick by the New York Mets, made his major league debut on May 7th against the Cincinnati Reds. The left-handed Conlon pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, three runs, two walks and striking out one batter. He also would add another career first during his debut - his first major-league hit. He would hand off the ball to teammate Paul Sewald, another Torero in the major leagues. Sewald, who was drafted in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB draft, pitched the next 1 2/3 innings allowing three hits and two runs. The Mets would go on to win 7-6 over the Reds. Last note on Conlon is he’s the first Irish-born pitcher to appear in a major-league game in more than 70 years, and the first Belfast-born player since 1909. Conlon and Sewald are joined on current MLB rosters by Kris Bryant (Cubs), Sammy Solis (Nationals) and James Pazos (Mariners).

TORERO TIDBITS: San Diego (23-30/12-15 WCC) play their final two games of the 2018 campaign at No. 2 Oregon State on Monday and Tuesday. Prior to the Portland series the San Diego Toreros dropped both nonconference home games last week. On Monday the visiting UC Riverside Highlanders scored six runs in the third inning and that was enough to hold on for a 6-5 victory over the Toreros. In the 7th inning Breht Bewley blasted a two-run triple that plated Jay Schuyler (single) and Shane McGuire (double). Kevin Collard’s infield groundout scored Bewley to make it 6-5 but the Toreros would be held scoreless over the final two innings. Justin Friedman pitched the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit, to keep the Toreros in the game. On Tuesday the Arizona State Sun Devils dealt the Toreros a 12-7 loss. ASU scored runs in eight of the nine innings and were in control throughout. USD pulled to within 9-5 with four runs in the 7th and Jay Schuyler hit a two-run home run in the 9th for the final runs. Leadoff hitter Paul Kunst went 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI. Schuyler went 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBI and Bewley would add a 3-for-5 night with one RBI. Out of USD’s 14 hits, five went for doubles, along with a triple (Collard) and home run (Schuyler).

SEASON LEADERS: For the season the Toreros are being paced by Jay Schuyler (.338 b.a., 72 hits, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 37 runs), Adam Kerner (.336 b.a., 14 doubles, 23 RBI), Tora Otsuka (.316 b.a., 55 hits, 30 runs), Paul Kunst (.300 b.a., 36 runs, 66 hits, 11 doubles) and Shane McGuire (.296 b.a., 50 hits, 8 doubles, 15 RBI)... Brhet Bewley ranks first on the team with 43 RBI and is tied with Schuyler with 7 HR... Daniel Gardner ranks behind Kerner in doubles (13) and is third in runs scored (32)... Schuyler leads the squad with 25 multi-hit games and72 hits (#4 WCC)... In WCC games only a trio of freshmen are leading the offensive attack - Adam Kerner (.382), Tora Otsuka (.342 b.a.) and Shane McGuire (.341 b.a.)... Brhet Bewley leads with 27 RBI and is followed by Kevin Collard (20) and Daniel Gardner (18)... 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 (101 K’s over 89.2 innings) and LHP Chris Murphy (91 K’s over 81.1 innings) continue to be among the nation’s best in strikeouts... Entering last 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).

A LOOK AT THE OSU BEAVERS: The Oregon State Beavers (38-8-1) own a national ranking of No. 2 this week... OSU is coming off a big Pac-12 series win over previously No. 2 ranked Stanford this past weekend (W 6-2, W 10-0, L 9-6)... OSU is currently 18-4 at home in 2018... Offensively the Beavers are led by C/INF Adley Rutschman (.398 b.a., 15 doubles, 55 RBI), OF Steven Kwan (.361 b.a., 46 runs) and OF Trevor Larnach (.347 b.a., 15 HR, 56 RBI)... As a team the Beavers are batting .321 while OSU pitching is limiting its opponents to a .231 batting average... Pitching is paced by starters LHP Luke Heimlich (12-1, 2.94 ERA, 115 K’s), RHP Bryce Fehmel (7-1, 3.12 ERA) and RHP Grant Gambrell (5-1, 4.02 ERA)... OSU’s team ERA is 3.49... Head Coach Pat Casey, considered one of the top coaches in the country, is in his 24th season at the helm of the Oregon State program.

The Last Meeting
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March 5, 2016
Fowler Park
Toreros Fall to Beavers, 5-2
The University of San Diego baseball team fought hard, but came up short in a 5-2 loss to No. 3 Oregon State University Saturday evening in a non-conference game at Fowler Park.



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