This weekend, the University of San Diego Toreros baseball team plays their biggest series of the 2013 regular season when they host the West Coast Conference rival Pepperdine Waves at Fowler Park.
The defending WCC Champion Waves were picked to finish second in the conference this year behind the Toreros. Pepperdine currently leads the WCC with a conference record of 6-3. The Toreros trail the Waves by just one game in the standings at 5-4 in conference play. This weekend’s results could put one team in prime position to claim first place in the standings and put them on the fast track for a spot in the WCC Championship Tournament in May.
Pepperdine is led by a strong pitching staff. Starter Corey Miller is 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA and was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week last week after throwing ten scoreless innings in a win over Washington. The Waves pitching staff is also bolstered by Preseason All-American Aaron Brown and Golden Spikes candidate Scott Frazier. The Toreros will likely have to face all three of these starters in their three game series from Friday to Sunday.
|Toreros star Kris Bryant at the plate|
|First Baseman Connor Joe|
There are sure to be some fireworks however as the Toreros will counter the Pepperdine pitching staff with the best offense in the WCC. San Diego leads the conference in a number of categories including hits, runs, runs batted in, and home runs. Fourteen of the Toreros home runs have come courtesy of star Third Baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant continues to amaze as one of the top players in country. The Preseason All-American leads the nation in home runs and is closing in on the USD single season record of eighteen that has stood since 1988. He is also projected to be a top ten selection in the 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and is a top contender for the 2013 Golden Spikes award annually given to the top player in all of college baseball. Kris is backed up in the lineup by a host of Toreros sluggers including Catcher Dillon Haupt and First Baseman Connor Joe. The trio of Toreros are tearing up the conference and currently sit at first, second, and sixth respectively in the WCC in runs batted in.
Be sure to come out and support the Toreros in this critical series that could help decide the West Coast Conference regular season champion. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children. Parking is completely free. Friday’s game is Five Dollar Friday where all tickets are just $5. First pitch times are set for Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 6pm, and Sunday at 1pm. For tickets and more information visit www.usdtoreros.com or call the ticket office at 619-260-7550.