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Toreros Travel to Wildcat Invitational
March 7, 2018

UPDATE, March 8 (9:30 a.m. PT): This article has been updated with adjusted game times due to schedule changes.

San Diego (11-11)
South Dakota (6-16)
No. 9/9 Arizona (15-2)
No. 24/25 USC Upstate (18-0)
Wisconsin (11-8)

SAN DIEGO – San Diego will play 12 of its next 13 games on the road beginning this weekend with a trip to the Wildcat Invitational at Arizona.

The Toreros (11-11) will play five games against four opponents in three days. Two of USD’s opponents are ranked in the top-25.

The Last Meeting
South Dakota3
San Diego6
February 20, 2016
San Diego, Calif. (@ SDSU)
Toreros Knock off South Dakota 6-3
Senior Grace Hernandez had a no hitter through six innings and the USD softball team (4-4) went on to beat South Dakota 6-3 Saturday afternoon in the Campbell/Cartier Classic at San Diego State.

The Last Meeting
San Diego10
March 10, 2012
Reno, NV

The Toreros open the weekend Friday against No. 9/9 Arizona at 2 p.m. PT and South Dakota at 6 p.m. USD plays two more games on Saturday against No. 24/25 USC Upstate at noon and South Dakota at 4 p.m. The Toreros conclude the weekend Sunday at 10 a.m. against Wisconsin.

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- San Diego returned home to co-host the San Diego Classic with San Diego State and went 2-3 in five games. The Toreros earned victories against Colorado State and CSUN, but dropped decisions against No. 22 Long Beach State, No. 3/3 UCLA and Oregon State.

- Delaney Heller (4-4) was excellent in the circle, pitching in all five games and producing a 2.37 ERA. She held opponents to a .231 batting average and racked up 14 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. She was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week for her standout play.

- Taylor Spence, last week’s WCC Player of the Week, stayed hot at the plate and batted .538 (7-for-13) with three runs, three walks,, two stolen bases and an RBI.

- Sara Silveyra also had a nice weekend at the plate, hitting .429 (6-for-14) with two RBIs, three walks and a double.


- Kailey Hill has at least one hit in eight of the past 10 games, accumulating 11 hits during that span. She has at least one hit in 15-of-22 games this season.

- Taylor Spence enters the weekend on a four-game hitting streak. She has at least one hit in 15-of-22 games this season. She leads the team in batting average (.377), hits (26), runs (13), on-base percentage (.427) and stolen bases (8-for-8).

-Sara Silveyra has at least one hit in three of the past four games, accumulating six hits in that span.

- Delaney Heller has at least one strikeoutin 14-of-15 appearances and threw a season-high six against Colorado State (March 2).

- Halle Kyler threw complete games in each of her first four starts. She has registered two or more strikeouts in nine-of-14 appearances.

- Hannah Boos has held opponents to two or fewer runs in each of her past four outings (12.0 IP) and has at least one strikeout in nine of 10 appearances.


- In the first four weeks of the season, USD has claimed four of the eight player and pitcher of the week honors.

- Delaney Heller earned WCC Pitcher of the Week honors on March 6. She pitched in all five games and produced a 2.37 ERA. She held opponents to a .231 batting average and racked up 14 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

- Taylor Spence was named the WCC Player of the Week on Feb. 26. She hit .500 over six games with three runs, two RBIs, 3-for-3 stolen bases and a .500 slugging percentage.

- Senior Kailey Hill and Freshman Halle Kyler swept the WCC weekly honors on Feb. 12, 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.


- USD assistant coach, Danielle O’Toole, and volunteer assistant coach, Katiyana Mauga, will see some familiar faces when the Toreros take on Arizona. The coaching pair both played for the Wildcats and graduated from Arizona in 2017.


- 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 347-460 (.430) 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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