May 21, 2008
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team had 10 players named to the All-West Coast Conference teams highlighted by junior left-hander Brian Matusz being named the WCC Pitcher of the Year, and head coach Rich Hill being named the Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Taking home first-team All-WCC accolades are Logan Gelbrich, AJ Griffin, Matusz, James Meador and Josh Romanski. Sammy Solis and Kyle Blair were both named to the All-WCC Freshman team and taking home All-WCC honorable mention accolades was Kevin Hansen, Kevin Muno and Jose Valerio.
Matusz becomes the first Torero to be named Pitcher of the Year since Ricky Barrett received the accolade in 2002. The junior continued his assault on the record book, striking out a conference-high 122 batters on the year and moving into fourth place on the WCC's all-time strikeout list with 378. The Cave Creek, Ariz. native was nothing short of dominant during conference play, posting a 6-1 mark in seven starts and notching a miniscule 1.89 ERA during league action. Matusz fanned 67 batters in WCC play, while logging 52.1 innings to rank second in the conference.
Hill was tabbed for Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season, and the third time in his career. Hill guided the Toreros to a 39-15 record, and the program's second straight WCC regular season title. USD put together a 16-game winning streak during the campaign, including 12 straight victories against league opponents.
Meador takes home his first All-WCC accolade after leading the team in hitting with a .380 overall batting average, a team-best 71 hits, 16 doubles, has two triples, five home runs and 49 RBI. In conference action, Meador was the catalyst for the offense as he led the team in hitting with a .442 average, while recording 38 hits, nine doubles, two triples, five home runs and 28 RBI.
Romanski takes home his second first-team All-WCC accolade as he posted an overall record of 9-0 with a 3.47 ERA on the mound and hit .317 with 64 hits, 14 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 45 RBI at the plate. In conference action, Romanski posted a record of 5-0 with a 2.84 ERA on the mound and at the plate Romanski hit .301 with 25 hits, six doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI.
Gelbrich also takes home his second first-team All-WCC accolade as he hit .283 with 49 hits, 15 doubles, seven home runs and 31 RBI overall. In conference action he was second on the team with a .364 batting average, had 28 hits, nine doubles, five home runs and 18 RBI.
Griffin also takes home his second first-team All-WCC accolade as he posted an overall record of 1-1 with a 2.04 ERA and tied the school record for single-season saves with 13. With the 13 saves, Griffin became the all-time leader in career saves with 24. In conference action, Griffin was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and had six saves.
Hansen earns his second consecutive All-WCC honorable mention honor after having the best season of his career. Hansen finished the season second on the team in hitting with a .349 batting average, had 65 hits, 15 doubles, one triple, one home run and 35 RBI. In conference action, Hansen hit .321 with 25 hits, seven doubles, and nine RBI.
Muno takes home his first All-WCC-honorable mention accolade after a break-out season for the sophomore. Overall Muno hit .311 with 65 hits, 10 double, two triples, four home runs and 23 RBI and stole a team-best 21 bases. In conference action, Muno hit .310 with 26 hits, two doubles, one triple, and 14 RBI.
Valerio also takes home his first All-WCC honorable mention accolade as the junior hit .328 with 39 hits, seven doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI. In conference action, Valerio hit .300 with 21 hits, four doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.
Blair, a 6-3 freshman from Monte Sereno, Calif., takes home a All-WCC freshman accolade after posting a 6-4 overall record with a 4.36 ERA and was second on the team in strikeouts with 86. In conference action, Blair posted a 4-1 record with a 6.42 ERA and has 31 strikeouts.
Solis, a 6-5 freshman from Litchfield Park, Ariz., takes home an All-WCC Freshman team accolade after posting a 3-1 overall record with a 3.89 ERA. In conference action, Solis was 1-0 with a 4.42 ERA in six appearances.