Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Exclusive USD Baseball Report:Toreros to Close Out Regular Season With a Bang!

The University of San Diego Toreros baseball will finish their regular season home schedule this weekend when they host the West Coast Conference rival Portland Pilots in a trio of games Friday through Sunday at beautiful Fowler Park. The Toreros are looking to finish the home schedule on a high note as they are in prime position to qualify for postseason play.
Kris Bryant

After taking two games out of three at Saint Mary’s this past weekend, the Toreros are in sole possession of third place in the WCC standings. If they can finish strong and remain in the top four in the conference, they will qualify for the WCC Championship Tournament in Stockton May 23-25. The Toreros are also looking strong for a berth in the NCAA Tournament as they are nearing 30 wins and are ranked among the top 50 teams in the country.

The story of recent weeks has been the emergence of new pitching prospects for the Toreros to complement their juggernaut offense. The Toreros got solid starts from Max Homick and PJ Conlon in their two wins over Saint Mary’s after the duo had spent most of the season in the bullpen. Conlon continues to emerge as a serious candidate for WCC Freshman of the Year honors as he ran his record to 8-0 and lowered his ERA to a WCC best 1.49. He will highlight the rotation of starters that will face Portland this weekend that should also include projected first-round Major League Baseball draft pick Dylan Covey. Michael Wagner will likely continue his role as closer having recently returned to that role after spending most of the season in the rotation. Wagner was named an All-American last year as a closer and should perfectly complement the new emerging starting rotation.

Meanwhile, the Toreros offense continues to do nothing but produce. Star hitter Kris Bryant continues to tear the cover off the ball and continues to lead the nation in home runs with a whopping 24 home runs. The number continues to extend Bryant’s school records for single season and career home runs. He will also likely finish the year among the all-time conference leaders in those categories and is a serious contender for Golden Spikes National Player of the Year honors. Of the 296 schools playing Division 1 baseball, Bryant has more home runs by himself than over 200 of those schools as a team! This will likely be your last chance to see Bryant as a Torero as he is a projected top five draft pick this year and will likely head to the Major Leagues after this season.
Dillon Haupt
The rest of the lineup is nothing short of stellar as well as the Toreros continue to lead the conference in most major offensive categories including home runs, runs batted in, runs scored, and hits. It will also be your last chance to see seniors like catcher Dillon Haupt who is tied for second in the conference in home runs behind Bryant.

Join us for an exciting weekend of USD baseball as the Toreros unleash their potent offense one more time this year at Fowler Park. There will also be plenty of excitement around the game as well highlighted by the $50,000 Cash Cycle. One lucky fan at this weekend’s games could win a whopping $25,000 for themselves and $25,000 for charity, so don’t miss your chance to get in on the action! Other highlights include Catholic Schools Night on Friday, Youth Baseball Day on Sunday, and silent auctions all weekend featuring game-worn Toreros baseball jerseys, jackets, and more.

Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children. Friday’s game is Five Dollar Friday when all tickets are just $5. Parking is completely free. For more information visit www.usdtoreros.com or call the ticket office at 619-260-7550. Also follow USD Athletics on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news about all of the Toreros sports teams.

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