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Athletics Roundup: Softball Goes 5-1 in Tourney; Baseball; Tennis; Basketball; Golf

Delaney Heller has been a solid pitcher for the USD softball team this season. She had four wins in the team's six games this past weekend.The USD softball team's regular season is at the halfway mark. This past weekend, a 5-1 showing in a tournament is a good sign of progress under new head coach Jessica Pistole.

The first regular season schedule for University of San Diego softball coach Jessica Pistole is right at the halfway point, 27 games, following the hosting of her program’s second tournament of the season.

 

The weekend results saw the Toreros win five of six games — two against Villanova, a split with Mount St. Mary’s and a Sunday doubleheader sweep of Cal State Northridge — at the USD Softball Complex.

The Toreros have a 15-12 overall record in nonconference games with 28 left on the schedule. Fifteen are West Coast Conference games beginning April 10. There’s still work to be done and conference won’t be easy, but things are beginning to emerge for Pistole and the Toreros.

Delaney Heller can win games as a starter and be an effective reliever. She won four games this past weekend, two in relief, to run her record to 9-9. She pitched two complete games, giving her 10 this season in only 20 appearances and 14 starts. She’s already thrown 100.1 innings.

The top three hitters — Sara Silveyra, Madison Casiano and Sophia Bjerk — each made contributions offensively during the tournament. Bjerk homered and tripled in a 4-3 win over Villanova, and doubled and singled in three more runs, including a game-winning hit in a 4-3 win over Cal State Northridge. Casiano had a two-run single in a 2-1 win against Northridge in the first game of the doubleheader. She also had a triple and drove in two runs in a 5-4 loss to Mount St. Mary’s, a game won on a bases-loaded walk. Other hitting standouts include Clareese Santiago (2-run double in 2-1 win over Villanova), Kelli Kufta hitting a home run against Mt. Saint Mary’s.

Based on statistics, Madison Earnshaw doesn’t have the flashiest numbers in 43.1 innings of work, but she’s 4-1 in nine starts, has a no-hitter to her credit this season, two shutouts and gives the Toreros a base from which to work from in her starts. Heller replaced her twice this past weekend, but together, the duo can be formidable against opposing batters.

All of this is at the halfway point. USD heads to Los Angeles for another tournament this week. It’s another week to gain experience that’ll be beneficial in the second half of the season. And that’s a good thing.

Softball Schedule: USD at Loyola Marymount/Cal State Northridge Tournament, Thursday-Saturday — USD vs. UC Santa Barbara, Thursday, 2:30 p.m. at LMU; USD vs. Iowa State, Friday, 12:15 p.m. at LMU; USD vs. Idaho State, Friday, 2:30 p.m. at LMU; USD vs. Dartmouth, Saturday, 10:15 a.m. at CSUN.

Baseball

The USD baseball team spent last week in Indiana and came away with a four-game split with a 5-1 loss at Indiana State on March 3 before moving on to Bloomington where USD faced Indiana in a three-game series instead of four with the March 6 game rained out. USD’s season record moved to 11-4.

USD took the series with two wins out of three games as Indiana won the opener of a March 7 doubleheader, 9-2, only to have USD follow with a 6-2 win and then clench the series with a 13-5 triumph on March 8.

Against Indiana State, USD loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, down 5-1, and had a chance to tie it, but two strikeouts ended the threat. Cody Jefferis doubled to drive in the lone run. Shane McGuire had two hits. Pitching wise, freshman Brycen Mautz got the start and was tagged with the loss. Nigel Ward did provide some effective relief in a 1.1 inning stint.

The Toreros struggled in game one of the doubleheader with Jake Miller falling to 1-1 in a 5.1 innings stint, allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out seven, but walked five. Offensively, Adam Lopez had two hits, Caleb Ricketts had an RBI as did McGuire. In the second game, though, USD got another strong outing from freshman pitcher Carter Rustad who had six-plus scoreless innings, a no-hitter going for 6 1/3 innings and Adam Kerner went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI. Thomas Luevano had a two-run double and Tora Otsuka had two hits and a walk.

On Sunday’s getaway day, the Toreros collected 16 hits and scored 13 runs, led by three hits and three RBI each from Lopez and Kerner. Ricketts also had three hits and an RBI. Max Jung-Goldberg scored four runs and had two hits and Otsuka scored three times and drove in a run. Starting pitcher Grady Miller went five innings to pick up his second win of the season. Freshman reliever Lucas Braun had two shutout innings of relief with four strikeouts.

Baseball Schedule: USD hosts Cal Baptist, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Fowler Park; USD at Portland, Friday-Sunday, 6 p.m.-3 p.m.-1 p.m., Corvallis, Ore.

Men’s Tennis

The USD men’s tennis team secured a pair of road victories, including a West Coast Conference triumph at Pacific, to improve its season record to 7-3 overall, 2-0 WCC.

The Toreros opened the week with a tough match-up at UC Santa Barbara, winning 4-3. USD earned the doubles point with wins by the No. 1 team of Nico Borter-Gui Osorio and No. 3 Marvin Schaber-David Norfeldt. In singles play, Osorio broke a 1-1 tie with his win and Borter won at the No. 5 position. UCSB rallied with two singles wins to tie it, but No. 3 Joel Gamerov topped UCSB’s Alejandro Vedri, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to secure the team win.

Then, against Pacific, the Toreros lost the doubles point by falling in consecutive sets, but rallied with singles victories by Schaber, Norfeldt, No. 1 player August Holmgren and No. 3 Joel Gamerov to close out the match. This match was originally scheduled for March 7, but was postponed to March 8 due to rain.

Men’s Tennis Schedule: USD hosts the San Diego Shakedown, Saturday and Sunday, at the Hogan Tennis Center. USD, Arizona, Penn State and Texas Tech are in the field. Seeds and match-ups to be determined this Tuesday.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team secured a 4-2 victory in its West Coast Conference-opening match in against Santa Clara at USD’s Hogan Tennis Center on March 7.

Despite losing the doubles point — though the Toreros’ No. 3 team of Kati Kukaras and Elizabeth Goldsmith did win their match first before Santa Clara won at the No. 1 and No. 2 position — USD (7-4, 1-0) rallied with singles victories.

Kukaras, Maria Tyrina and Helena Francati won at No. 6, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively for a 3-1 lead. Gemma Garcia lost her No. 3 singles match to narrow it to 3-2, but USD’s No. 1 player, Solymar Colling, won to close out the Broncos.

The win gave USD a 5-1 mark on its six-match homestand. USD also defeated Hawaii, Long Beach State, USC, Washington State while UC Santa Barbara was the lone team to top the Toreros.

Women’s Tennis Schedule: USD at San Diego State, Tuesday, 2 p.m.; USD hosts San Francisco, Friday, 1:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

San Diego was outrebounded and outshot by LMU in its first-round matchup March 5 in the 2020 UCU West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament as the Toreros' season concluded with a 75-61 loss to the Lions at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

USD (9-23, 2-14 WCC) lost the rebounding battle 39-20 and saw the Lions (11-20, 4-12 WCC) shoot 50% from the field in a contest between the tournament's No. 8 and 9 seeds. The Toreros shot 32.7% and trailed for nearly 35 minutes of the game.

Alex Floresca scored 12 points in his final USD contest to highlight a group of three Toreros in double figures. The redshirt senior scored eight points in the first half and also had three rebounds and a steal.

Marion Humphrey, a redshirt freshman, nearly matched his career-high with 15 points while leading the team in rebounds with nine. He was 3-of-8 from the field but 8-of-8 from the free throw line. USD did go a season-best 21-of-22 in that category.

Joey Calcaterra, who was a perfect 4-of-4 from the line, matched Humphrey in scoring with 15. He had 12 points in the second half and went 3-of-5 from three-point range.

Braun Hartfield, who last week was the lone Torero represented among the All-WCC teams as an honorable mention, finished the game with only two points.

Torero Sports Shorts

The USD men’s golf team will play its second tournament of the spring season today and Tuesday in the Lamkin San Diego Classic at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. The 19-team tournament field consists of USD, San Diego State, Tennessee, Arizona, UC Davis, St. Mary’s, Colorado State, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M, Santa Clara, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Air Force, Long Beach State, San Francisco, Cal, Loyola Marymount, BYU and Colorado. … Men’s rowing will compete against UCLA and Loyola Marymount at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Marina Aquatic Center in Marina Del Ray, Calif. … The USD women’s rowing team will scrimmage with Gonzaga this Thursday through Saturday in Chula Vista … The 2020 USD women’s track season opens locally this Saturday at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet. … Keep up with all USD Athletics news, scores and information on its website. Follow the Toreros on social media: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone, USD Athletics

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