Despite losing 5-2 to Cal on Monday in the final game of the rain-soaked USD Tournament, the San Diego Toreros are off to an 8-2 start this season. The key to the Toreros’ early-season success was a question mark entering the season.
After losing two catchers to the Draft and seeing the departure of three outfielders and two middle infielders that made significant contributions last season, San Diego was supposed to be struggling offensively. Oh yea…they also lost this guy too.
But even without the Golden Spikes Award Winner, Kris Bryant, the Toreros offense continues to roll along. Through Sunday, USD sported the top team batting average and second best slugging percentage in the nation. It was in the top five in on base percentage, home runs per game and were first in scoring after racking up five consecutive double-digit run performances. Granted four of those big offensive outbursts were against Northern Kentucky. But San Diego’s aggressive offensive approach both at the plate and on the bases has resulted in an exciting brand of baseball and success. Continue reading
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Cal State Northridge outfielder Nate Ring collected five hits while the pitching staff held Golden Spikes candidate Kris Bryant 0-for-5 for only the second time in his collegiate career as the Matadors defeated San Diego 8-4 Tuesday afternoon at Matador Field.
Northridge (11-12) won its fifth consecutive game with Ring knocking four singles and a two-run double in the seventh inning that put the Matadors ahead for good.
Playing its fifth game in five days, San Diego (16-9) struggled offensively as Bryant and the first five hitters in the Toreros’ lineup combined to go 1-for-21. Northridge starter Brandon Warner (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K) and a combination of five relievers held Bryant hitless for only the fifth time this season and stopped his 26-game streak of reaching base at least once that dated back to the final weekend of last season.
The Matadors scored six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to pull away from San Diego after it had tied the game with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Louis Cohen picked up the win while Anthony Cortez picked up his first collegiate save after he was called on to face Bryant with two on and two out in the ninth inning. Cortez got Bryant to strikeout on a pitch low and away.
SAN DIEGO — Maybe San Diego commit Stephen Gonsalves was joking. Maybe he was riding the euphoria of scoring the tying run and picking up the win on the mound in Sunday night’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park. Or maybe the lanky lefty is just that confident in the potential Toreros’ 2013 recruiting class.
After the West rallied from five runs down for a 7-6 victory, Gonsalves said he believed San Diego could win multiple titles if the 2013 recruiting class all opted to attend school.
“We’re going to bring home a title there,” he said with a smile. “Two out of three years guaranteed.”
While it is unlikely a team that has yet to advance to the Super Regionals would put together two title runs, is it possible Gonsalves could be on to something? Perhaps…just maybe…things could align for the Toreros.
SAN DIEGO — San Diego got a big West Coast Conference series win, taking the rubber match 5-3 over Gonzaga Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
The Toreros (25-8, 7-2) got an outstanding performance from sophomore starting pitcher Dylan Covey. He allowed a pair of runs in the first inning and a second-inning leadoff single before putting the early jitters to bed and tossing an absolute gem.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The San Diego Toreros needed a five-run comeback in their final two at bats Tuesday night at Riverside Sports Complex, but they won their fifth consecutive game to improve to 6-2 on the season.
Leading the way offensively has been All-American candidate Kris Bryant, who drove in the game-winning run with a double in the ninth inning Tuesday. Continue reading
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant had been quiet all game. But when he got an opportunity with a runner on first base and the game tied in the ninth inning, his bat suddenly got loud, even drowning out the raucous San Diego dugout.
After seeing a breaking ball early in the count, Bryant knew that UC Riverside closer Joie Dunyon was going to come back with one later in the count. When Dunyon did, Bryant laced the two-strike pitch into left-centerfield field, sending it knifing through the cold night. Continue reading
Southern California announced last Monday that they fired head coach Chad Kreuter and kept on assistant coach Frank Cruz who will serve as the head coach for the 2011 season. (FULL ARTICLE) USC athletic director Pat Haden stated that the university will do a full search for a head coach after the 2011 season due to the timing of the move. This past season, USC finished with a 28-32 overall record and finished in last place in the Pac-10 with a 7-20 record. The Trojans haven’t appeared in the NCAA Tournament since the 2005 season and last participated in the College World Series in 2001. Here are the top five candidates that I would go after if I was the athletic director.