FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
SAN DIEGO, Calif. The University of San Diego head baseball coach, Rich Hill, has announced the Toreros’ 2009 schedule.
The Toreros’ schedule features yet another strong caliber of opponents, much like the 2008 season. Eight NCAA Tournament participants including the University of Oklahoma, Long Beach State, Rice, Pepperdine University, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Stanford University and Arizona State highlight USD’s schedule. The Toreros will compete in 16 games against this top competition.
USD will begin its season at the MLB Urban Youth Academy Tournament in Compton, Calif. This tournament will feature USD, San Diego State, Southern and Bethune-Cookman. USD will also host a four-team Tournament in the second week of the season, which features Pacific, South Florida, Nevada and Kansas State. The Toreros will continue it’s long-standing rivalry with San Diego
State in a four-game series with each team playing two games at their home venues. USD will also renew a long-standing rivalry with UC Riverside in a home and home and USD will get to play mid-week games with two College World Series opponents, including Arizona State and Stanford.
The Toreros will once again compete in the strong West Coast Conference, a conference that sent two teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2008. The Toreros will get to host WCC runner-up Pepperdine in a three-game set at USD’s Cunningham Stadium to begin WCC action.
USD will look to make its fourth consecutive trip the NCAA Tournament on the heals of the record-setting 2008 campaign that saw USD reach its second consecutive 40-win season with a program-best 44-17 overall record. The Toreros also captured their fourth WCC Championship, as they posted a league record of 16-5. The Toreros also reached a program-first by reaching the Regional championship game, before falling to eventual National Champion Fresno State.