Jan. 27, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team took the field today for the first practice of the 2012 season. The Toreros will open play this season on February 17, as they travel to play Sam Houston State for a three-game series.
San Diego is coming off a season in which it posted an overall record of 22-31, and head coach Rich Hill has this season's squad focused on winning its second WCC championship in three years, and retuenign to the NCAA Regionals.
The Toreros will feature six returning All-WCC performers from last season, highlighted by preseason All-American Kris Bryant. Bryant, who was tabbed the West Coast Conference Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year in 2011, started all 21 games during conference play for the Toreros, while leading the WCC with a .410 batting average, .525 on-base percentage, 26 runs scored, and 11 doubles. For the season, Bryant led the WCC with a .365 batting average, and his nine overall home runs were tied for most in the conference. Overall, Bryant was second on the team in stolen bases with 18, he slugged at a .599 clip and he bolstered an on base percentage of .482
Also making their return for USD will Bryan Haar, Corey LeVier, Dillon Checkal, Calvin Drummond and Michael Wagner.
Haar, a 6-3 senior from San Diego, hit .333 in WCC games with 29 hits, five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 19 RBI. Overall, Haar hit .330 with 62 hits, 13 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 29 RBI. This marks the second All-WCC award for Haar, as he was tabbed to the All-WCC freshman team two season's ago.
LeVier, a 6-3 senior from San Dimas, Calif., finished his first season in a Torero uniform as the team's second leading hitter, posting a .363 batting average, while recording 66 hits, 10 doubles, one home run, and driving in 34 runs. In WCC play, LeVier hit .410 with 34 hits, three doubles and 16 RBI.
Checkal, a 5-11 redshirt junior from San Diego, takes home his second consecutive All-WCC honorable mention distinction after hitting .316 with 54 hits, four doubles, two triples and 20 RBI. In WCC games, Checkal hit .304 with 21 hits, two doubles, one triple and five RBI.
Drummond, a 6-3 redshirt junior from Huntington Beach, Calif., finished his first season in a Torero uniform with the best ERA of any starting pitcher at 3.29, while posting a 3-4 record in 76.2 innings of work. Drummond also racked up 55 strikeouts on the season. In WCC play, Drummond anchored down the Torero pitching rotation, as he posted a 1-0 record with a 2.00 ERA in 36 innings of work.
Wagner, a 6-4 sophomore from Las Vegas, also had an impressive freshman career as he posted a 2.21 ERA in 20.1 innings of work in WCC action. Overall, Wagner posted a 0-0 record with a 2.97 ERA in 30.1 innings of work. Wagner also posted 28 strikeouts in his 30.1 innings of work this season.
Torero fans will get their first look at the Toreros on Saturday Jan. 28, as they host the Annual Alumni Game at Cunningham Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.