April 1, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Toreros (17-18, 2-6) return to action with a single game this week when they travel across town to face San Diego State on Wednesday, Apr. 3 with first pitch slated for 6 pm from the Aztec Softball Stadium. Gametracker will be available for this game on the USD softball schedule at www.usdtoreros.com as well as live updates via the Toreros' official softball Twitter feed @USDSoftball.
San Diego State (22-12, 3-0 MW) is riding a 10-game winning streak heading into Wednesday's contest and just swept New Mexico at home this past weekend in their Mountain West opening series. Lorena Bauer (.406 avg., 8 HR, 33 RBI) leads the Aztec offense, while Patrice Jackson (7 HR, 22 RBI) is hitting an even .400 on the year. As a team, SDSU has clubbed 23 long balls and his outhitting opponents .301-.245. In the circle, Rebecca Arbino (13-7, 1.77 ERA, 126.1 IP) and Danielle O'Toole (8-5, 1.70, 94.2) anchor the SDSU pitching staff.
USD resumes conference play on Saturday, Apr. 13 and Sunday Apr. 14 when they host Cal State Bakersfield for a four-game PCSC series at the USD Softball Complex beginning at 12 pm each day.
USD at San Diego State
Wednesday, Apr. 3 | 6 pm
Aztec Softball Stadium
Last Time Out....
The Toreros split their four-game series at Saint Mary's this past weekend, winning the second game of the doubleheader on both days. Mary Grabowski provided the spark in both USD wins by hitting late home runs that lifted the Toreros to victory. Grabowski connected for a go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth inning that eventually led to a 4-1 win on Friday. She followed that with a two-run homer in the ninth that broke a 2-2 tie and gave USD a 4-2 win in the series finale on Saturday. The Toreros lost 4-1 in game one on Friday and 2-0 in game one on Saturday. Jenny Lahitte won both of her starts on the weekend, posting a 1.31 ERA, allowing three runs in 16.0 innings pitched while striking out 13.
2013 PCSC Standings
School PCSC Pct. ALL Pct. STK
BYU 4-0 1.000 14-18 0.438 L3
Utah Valley 5-3 0.625 20-12 0.625 L1
LMU 4-4 0.500 21-18 0.538 L2
Saint Mary's 4-4 0.500 12-21 0.364 L1
Santa Clara 2-2 0.500 5-26 0.161 W2
CSUB 3-5 0.375 7-22 0.241 L1
San Diego 2-6 0.250 17-18 0.486 L1
As of Apr. 1, USD ranks 27th in the NCAA in team ERA (1.90), while RHP Cassidy Coleman sits at 37th in strikeouts (139). Jenny Lahitte's ERA of 1.69 is the 50th-best in the NCAA as well. Meanwhile, Caitlin Rooney ranks No. 15 in the NCAA in toughest to strikeout, averaging one K per 35.3 AB. Rooney has struck out just three times in 106 at-bats so far this year.
After allowing two runs in the bottom of the first at Saint Mary's in the series finale this past Saturday, Jenny Lahitte went on to allow just one more hit over her last 8.0 innings pitched in the game while retiring 17 SMC batters in a row at one point. USD won the game 4-2 in nine innings.
RF Lauren Tomey had a team-best 13-game on-base streak from Feb. 15-Mar. 2. that coincided with a team-best nine-game hitting streak.
RHP Cassidy Coleman has moved into 2nd place among USD's career strikeout leaders. Coleman, a junior, currently has 383 Ks, surpassing Colleen Norman (1995-98; 311 Ks). Jennifer Ellenbeck (2007-10; 447 Ks) is the Toreros' career leader. Coleman's 8.08 strikeouts per seven innings rate (383 K in 332.0 IP) is by far the highest of USD's career strikeout leaders. By comparison, Ellenbeck (447 K in 619.0 IP) had a K/7 rate of 5.05 and Norman (311 K in 715.1 IP) had a rate of 3.04.
RHP Jenny Lahitte is also moving her way up the USD career strikeout list. Lahitte, also a junior, just passed Norman for 3rd place with 336 career Ks. Like Coleman, Lahitte has been very efficient in producing strikeouts as shown by her 7.06 K/7 rate (336 K in 333.0 IP).
RHP Cassidy Coleman was named PCSC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 26. She is the first Torero to earn pitcher/player of the week honors this season. It is her second pitcher of the week recognition for her career.