SAN DIEGO: The Torero softball team (5-8) will host Detroit Mercy (3-12) this Wednesday, March 8th, in a 1:00 p.m. contest at the USD Softball Complex. San Diego will close out the week with five games at the Gaucho Classic I in Santa Barbara, California over March 10-12.
PARKING FEES: Fans planning to attend Wednesday’s game at the USD Softball Complex, please be advised that there is a fee for parking on USD’s campus. Rates and additional information can be found at the parking machines. Parking is free on the USD campus on Saturdays and Sundays.
A QUICK GLANCE AT TORERO LEADERS: Sophomore Taylor Spence owns a team-best .381 B.A. through the first 13 games of the season… She also tops the team in hits (16), runs (8), slugging percentage (.525) and stolen bases (4)… She saw her 10-game hitting streak come to an end against SJSU on Sunday… Sophomore Lauren Kane is right behind her with a solid .375 B.A. (15 hits, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI)… Junior Hannah Gilliland and freshman Sara Silveyra are tied for the team lead with 8 RBI each... Senior RHP Megan Sabbatini owns 10 starts in 12 appearances and has totaled 39 strikeouts through 47.2 innings of work… She owns a record of 3-6.
A LOOK BACK AT THE SAN DIEGO CLASSIC I: The Toreros came away with a 2-3 record, collecting wins against Detroit Mercy (6-4) and UC Davis (7-6)… Lauren Kane batted .571 for the tournament with 8 hits in 14 trips to the plate… She score twice and added 2 doubles, 1 triple and 3 RBI… Sophomore 2B Frankie Perales batted .385 (5-13), while freshman SS Sara Silveyra batted .333 (5-15) with 3 doubles and a game-winning 3-run triple against UC Davis in the bottom of the 7th inning… Freshman RHP Delaney Heller was superb in her first action of the season… She made five relief appearances and allowed just one run over 18 innings of work (0.39 ERA; #9 in NCAA)… She earned the save against Detroit Mercy and collected her first win against UC Davis (4.0 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, 4 strikeouts)… Lauren Berriatua got the win on the mound against Detroit Mercy, giving up just one earned run through 3.0 innings and totaling 3 strikeouts.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Detroit Mercy: The Titans participated this past week in the San Diego Classic I, dropping contests to BYU (16-0), San Diego (6-4), UC Davis (9-1), San Jose State (9-4) and Oregon State (8-0)… They are scheduled to play two games against UC Riverside tonight and one against SDSU on Tuesday before heading to Alcala Park on Wednesday… Senior utility Grace Schmeiser leads the team in batting at .333 … Junior 3B Savvy Ferstle owns 2 HR and 9 RBI to go with her .271 B.A. … Freshman RHP Liz Murphy is 3-5 (3.94 ERA) in 53.1 innings of work… Head Coach John Conway – 3rd season… Titans are a member of the Horizon League.
UPCOMING TORERO SCHEDULE FOR GAUCHO CLASSIC I: Friday, March 10: (11:00 a.m.) vs. George Washington; (3:30 p.m.) vs. Sacred Heart. Saturday, March 11: (11:00 a.m.) vs. George Washington. Sunday, March 12: (11:00 a.m.) vs. Northern Colorado; (1:30 p.m.) vs. UC Santa Barbara. Additional tournament information will be posted on Thursday.
TORERO SOFTBALL NOTES:
MAC ATTACK: Head Coach Melissa McEvlain (16th season), the 2016 WCC Co-Coach of the Year, enters the season with 314 career wins, the most in program history. In 2016, the Toreros hit .300 for the first time in her tenure and had two players named to the NFCA All-Region team (Mary Grabowski and Taylor Spence), a program first.
BACK FOR MORE: The Toreros return 14 letterwinners from last year's team, including All-WCC honorees Megan Sabbatini (1st Team), Lauren Kane (2nd Team & WCC Freshman of the Year), Olivia Sandusky (2nd Team) and Taylor Spence (2nd Team). Sandusky, Spence, and Sabbatini were named to the preseason All-WCC team.
FRESH FACES: USD has six freshmen joining the team this season. Coach McElvain expects 3B Lindsay Clare, SS Sara Silveyra and C Madison Casiano to make an immediate impact for the Toreros. Clare (Saugus, Calif.) was a three-time All-league selection and was named Foothill League Player of the Year last season. Silveyra (Camarillo, Calif.), a four-time All-League pick, hit over .400 all four seasons. Casiano (San Diego, Calif.) won back-to-back MVP awards at Mira Mesa HS after hitting above .450 in consecutive seasons. She was also an All-League selection all four years.
PRESEASON POLL: The USD softball team was picked to finish third in the WCC preseason Coaches poll. Last year's WCC champion, BYU (25 points), was chosen to finish first. LMU (21) was picked second, followed by USD (17) and Saint Mary's (14). Pacific (10) and Santa Clara (five) rounded out the poll.
FEEL THE BYRNE: Sarah Byrne (pronounced Burn) joins Coach McElvain's staff for the 2017 season. Byrne comes to USD after spending the past four years as the Head Coach of Dominican University of California.
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