FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
The Toreros’ schedule features yet another strong caliber of opponents, much like the 2009 season. San Diego will face 11 NCAA Tournament participants including the University of Oklahoma, Rice, Coastal Carolina, Gonzaga, Indiana, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State, San Diego State, and Fresno State to highlight USD’s schedule. The Toreros will compete in 26 games against this top competition.
USD will begin its season at home as Big-10 champion Indiana makes their way to Cunningham Stadium on Feb. 19 and Feb. 22. In between those games, USD will play a double-header against Oklahoma and conclude the five-game home stand with a single game against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 23. The Toreros will then continue its long-standing rivalry with San Diego State in a four-game home and home series from Feb. 25-28, before welcoming Kentucky Monmouth and Hawaii for three home games from Mar. 5-8.
The Toreros will then participate in the SDSU Invitational, with games against 2008 national champion Fresno State, College World Series participant Cal State Fullerton and Alabama-Birmingham.
San Diego’s home schedule will be highlighted by a three-game series with Rice University on Mar. 19-21. The Toreros will also renew a long-standing rivalry with UC Riverside in a home and home, UC Irvine in a home and home series and USD will get to play mid-week games with College World Series opponent Arizona State.
The Toreros will once again compete in the strong West Coast Conference, looking to capture its third WCC crown in fourth years. The Toreros will get to host WCC runner-up Loyola Marymount in a three-game set at USD’s Cunningham Stadium to begin WCC action, and they will also get to host the defending WCC champions Gonzaga Bulldogs on Apr. 23-25.
USD will look to make its return to the NCAA Regionals for the fourth time in five years, after not making it last season. The Toreros return All-American caliber pitching in senior right-hander AJ Griffin, sophomore lefty Sammy Solis and junior right-hander Kyle Blair. On the offensive side of things, San Diego welcomes back the defending WCC Player of the Year, James Meador, along with All-WCC selections Zach Walters, Nick McCoy and Bryan Haar.