The Texas Longhorns will begin the season tomorrow in Round Rock TX against the San Diego Toreros. San Diego swept a series from Cal Poly to jump out to a 3-0 record in the early season. Guest Contributor Donald J. Boyles was nice enough to write a nine page preview on the Longhorns season which is linked below. I have also linked both schools game notes.
SouthernCollegeSports.com has posted a series of previews on different conferences recently which are very knowledgeable for a quick synopsis of each conference. Each preview that has been released is listed below.
The University of San Diego finished off the series sweep on Sunday with a 4-1 victory of the Cal Poly Mustangs. Ricardo Pecina started for the Toreros by going six scoreless innings while only giving up six hits. He also struck out two batters. Anthony Slama followed up on the mound by pitching two innings of shutout baseball. San Diego then brought in AJ Griffin to pitch the ninth where he gave up one run on a hit. San Diego was led on offense by Jordan Abruzzo who went 2-3 with an RBI. Cal Poly starter Thomas Eager gave a solid outing by pitching five innings while letting up three runs and striking out seven. Wes Dorrell, Brett Morel, and Adam Buschini all had two hits in the losing effort. San Diego visits Texas for a three game set next weekend and Cal Poly will return to action on Tuesday against University of Southern California.
San Diego pulled out a thrilling 7-6 victory over Cal Poly today in 10 innings. The winning hit was delivered by Logan Gelbrich who was pinch hitting for AJ Griffin with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth inning. Shane Buschini led the Torero offense by going 2-4 with a homer and 4 RBI’s. Brent Morel led the Cal Poly offense by going 3-5 with 2 RBI’s. Both teams will be at it on Sunday to finish out the series.
The University of San Diego opened the season tonight with a 9-6 victory of Cal Poly. The Toreros were led by a great pitching performance in . He gave them six shutout innings while striking out 13 batters and giving up only one run. Anthony Slama followed Matusz but got destroyed in his one inning of work by giving up 5 runs (3 earned) and committing a balk in the seventh inning. AJ Griffin came in to pitch the last two innings to pick up the save. The only blemish was one hit. The Toreros were led by Jordan Abruzzo who hit a 3 run homer in the sixth inning. Cal Poly was led by Brett Morel who went 2-4 while scoring a single run. The Mustangs starting pitcher DJ Mauldin lasted four innings while giving up five earned runs. The teams continue the series on Saturday at 1 pm local time.
Can you believe it that the season starts on Thursday in Hawai’i with Oregon State taking on Hawai’i-Hilo in the first official game of the season. They ended the season in Omaha by winning the national championship and they begin their title defense in the first game. They will be playing a 5 game set in Hawai’i before returning to the mainland of USA. They will not be the only team in action as many other west coast schools start the season this weekend including San Diego which will be hosting Cal Poly for a 3 game set.
The Gonzaga Baseball program has lost former head coach Dick Busch who coached the Zags from 1949 through the 1967 season. He also taught civil engineering at the school from 1949-1982. He was responsible for building four baseball fields during his tenure at the university. Current Zags head coach Stave Hertz said “Dick Busch was a friend and a colleague, “He loved baseball and was a true Zag. Although I never played for him, it was a pleasure to be both a player and a coach and wear the uniform for the program he helped shape. We shared many good conversations about Gonzaga baseball and he was a frequent visitor to the field. He not only loved Bulldog baseball, he loved Gonzaga University.” He was 86 years old. The full release from the Gonzaga athletic department is available here.
The San Diego State Aztecs announced plans to host a doubleheader at Petco Park which is the home of the San Diego Padres. They will face the Michigan Wolverines in the nightcap while the San Diego Toreros will face Oklahoma in the early game. This will take place on Saturday, March 10th which is the middle day of the Round-Robin format tournament. The full article about the event is available here.
Both Jedd Soto and Steve Rodriguez have signed new contracts at their respective schools. Soto has been with Saint Mary’s since the 2004 season where he has a 60-96 record. I know that record doesn’t sound great but the program was in shambles before he joined and has increased the win total in every year since joining the program. The press release for Soto is available here. They will open the season on January 26th when they host Nevada.
Steve Rodriguez of Pepperdine University signed his new deal through the 2012 season. He has been the head coach of the Waves since the 2004 season and has a 113-76 record. Rodriguez knows that the expectations are always high at Pepperdine because he was a member of the 1992 National Championship squad. His press release about his new contract is available here. The Waves will open in Vegas against the Rebels of UNLV on Groundhog Day. (Just found out Runnin’ Rebels is for the Basketball program only)
Jedd Soto sat down with guest host Rich Davi to discuss his Saint Mary’s Baseball program. It is a very interesting interview in which he goes into details about his preparations and expectations for the season. He also talks about how the stability of his staff has helped create a good working relationship between the coaches and the players. The full interview is linked here.