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Toreros Head to Littlewood Classic
Feb. 14, 2018

San Diego (5-1)
Illinois State (1-4)
North Dakota (3-2)
Texas State (2-3)
No. 18/19 Arizona State (5-1)

SAN DIEGO – San Diego takes its first road trip of the season this weekend when it travels to Tempe, Arizona, to play five games at the Littlewood Classic hosted by Arizona State.

The Toreros (5-1) open the weekend Friday at 11:30 a.m. PT against Illinois State. Tournament play continues Saturday at 8 a.m. against North Dakota and at 10:30 a.m. against Illinois State. Play concludes Sunday with another doubleheader, beginning with Texas State at 10:30 a.m. them No. 18/19 Arizona State at 1 p.m.

Live statistics will be available for each game via


• The Toreros played host to the USD Softball Tournament this past weekend to open the season. USD complied a 5-1 record, playing Campbell and CSU Bakersfield three times each. After a disappointing season-opener, the Toreros rattled off five straight victories.

• USD’s freshman pitchers, Halle Kyler and Hannah Boos, had outstanding debut weekends. Kyler compiled a 3-0 record and 1.42 ERA, limiting opponents to a .133 batting average and permitting just 11 hits in 24 2/3 innings. Boos recorded a 2-0 record with a 2.05 ERA, and held opponents to a .231 batting average in 13 2/3 innings.

Kailey Hill paced the offense with a .529 batting average, nine hits, seven RBIs and two home runs. She capped her weekend with a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against CSU Bakersfield.

Kailey Hill hit a walk-off home run against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday.


• Senior Kailey Hill and Freshman Halle Kyler swept the WCC weekly honors, marking the fifth consecutive season the Toreros have had at least one player win a weekly award during the first week of the season.

• Hill was named the WCC Player of the Week after hitting .529 (9-for-17) with seven RBIs, two home runs, a double, two runs and a .941 slugging percentage over six games this past weekend. She capped her weekend by hitting a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against CSU Bakersfield to break a 2-2 tie and give the Toreros their fifth straight win.

• Kyler was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week, pitching in four of six games and earning a 3-0 record with a 1.42 ERA. She held opponents to a .133 batting average and threw complete games in both of her starts. She struck out seven batters and allowed just one run on two hits in 5 1/3 innings in her collegiate debut against Campbell.


• Junior outfielder Taylor Spence was selected to the All-WCC Preseason Softball Team in a vote by conference coaches.  Spence led the Toreros offensively in 2017, hitting .403 with 60 hits, 31 runs, 15 walks and 12 stolen bases.

• The Toreros were selected to finish fourth in the Preseason Coaches Poll. BYU was selected to finish first with 25 points, followed by Pacific and Loyola Marymount with 19 points apiece, then the Toreros (13), Saint Mary’s (9) and Santa Clara (5).


• Along with All-WCC Preseason Softball Team selection, Spence, key returners to keep an eye on early in the season will be Sara Silveyra and Kailey Hill. Silveyra batted .349 with 21 runs, 44 hits, nine doubles, 21 RBIs and a .460 slugging percentage last year. Hill generated 39 hits, including 10 doubles, four home runs and 25 RBIs.

• In the circle, Delaney Heller returns for her sophomore season after posting a 4-4 record with a 4.14 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched.


• USD added freshmen Hannah Boos, Hayley Hensley, Halle Kyler and Katie Vretzos, along with junior transfers Shelbi Evans and Emili Olague. Boos and Kyler are expected to eat up innings in the circle, while Vretzos will add depth to the infield and Hensley will contribute where needed. Evans will add experience behind the plate and Olague will help sure up first base.


• Head coach Melissa McElvain returns for her 17th season with the Toreros. She holds a 341-450 (.431) all-time record at USD and has the most wins of any coach in program history. She has coached 74 all-league honorees, including the 2011 PCSC Coastal Division Player of the Year (Taylor Hensley), two PCSC Freshmen of the Year (Jennifer Ellenbeck; 2007 & Rebekah Bradford; 2004), the 2014 WCC Pitcher of the Year (Cassidy Coleman), and two WCC Freshmen of the Year (Kailey Hill, 2015 and Lauren Kane, 2016).

• McElvain's has helped guide four players to six NFCA All-West Region honors: Taylor Hensley (2010 & 2012), Cassidy Coleman (2014), Mary Grabowski (2016), and Taylor Spence (2016, 2017).

• Along with the on-field success, McElvain's squads have featured 88 Toreros who have earned PCSC Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition and nine players who have claimed 14 WCC All-Academic Team honors since joining the conference in 2014.


• Coach McElvain has a completely new staff for 2018, including assistant coaches Mark Viramontes (hitting) and Danielle O’Toole (pitching), and volunteer assistant coach Katiyana Mauga.

• Viramontes spent the past two seasons as the volunteer assistant coach with the Toreros baseball team. He brings 19 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including 12 years with D-I programs. He has spent time at some of the nation’s premier collegiate baseball teams, including San Diego, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Diego State and California.

• O’Toole graduated from Arizona in 2017 and is a current member of the U.S. National Team and National Professional Fastpitch's Chicago Bandits. She’ll primarily be responsible for handling the pitching staff. O'Toole boasts a lengthy resume of softball and academic accomplishments during her collegiate career at Arizona and San Diego State. She earned NFCA All-America first team honors in 2017 and was a three-time NFCA All-West Region selection.

• Named the 2017 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, O'Toole was named one of 10 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year award. She was a two-time All-Pac-12 first team selection and a two-time All-Mountain West honoree. O'Toole earned Mountain West Pitcher of the Year honors in 2014 and Mountain West Freshman of the Year recognition in 2013.

• Mauga was a classmate of O’Toole’s at Arizona and finished her collegiate career as one of the best power-hitters in NCAA history. She was named an NFCA second team All-American, 2017 Pac-12 co-Player of the Year and finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year. Mauga finished her collegiate career second in NCAA history in career home runs and was the only player in NCAA history with 20 or more homers in all four seasons.


• USD’s 2018 schedule features 51 games, including 10 against eight teams that participated in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. USD will play 23 games at the San Diego Softball Complex.

• The Toreros open the season with 36 nonconference games and will participate in five tournaments.

• USD will play 10 games against eight teams that competed in the 2017 NCAA Regionals, including two games against teams that competed in the 2017 NCAA Super Regionals.

• USD has two six-game home stretches – one is the first weekend of the season (Feb. 8-11), the other is the last (April 28-May 5). The Toreros longest road stretch is 11 games from Feb. 16-25.


• USD returns 14 players, including eight starters, from last year’s team that finished third in the WCC. The Toreros welcome four freshmen and two junior transfers to this year’s squad.


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