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Athletics Roundup: Baseball, Tennis, Golf Play Season Finales; Toreros Notes

Evan Kawai hits a tee shot during the Limkin Grips San Diego Classic, which was held March 9 and 10. Jack Dolak struck out 10 in six innings and allowed no hits enroute to a 2-0 USD victory over Cal Baptist on March 11.

As a precautionary measure towards reducing the risk of spreading the Coronavirus named COVID-19, and in accordance with the University of San Diego campus administration, all USD intercollegiate athletic competitions and activities are canceled for the remainder of the respective seasons.

The announcement was made by USD President James T. Harris III on March 12 in a letter to the entire campus community here.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 on the USD campus, please visit www.sandiego.edu/coronavirus

 

Prior to the shutdown at USD, some Torero teams did get a final opportunity to compete last week. There are also notes on other USD teams and student-athletes, too.

Baseball

Jack Dolak struck out 10 in six hitless and scoreless innings to help the Toreros baseball team conclude the shortened 2020 season with a 2-0 victory over California Baptist on March 11 at Fowler Park. The game gave the Toreros a 12-4 overall record prior to what was supposed to be USD's opening West Coast Conference series weekend at Portland.

Offensively, the Toreros scored their two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Max Jung-Goldberg had an RBI double and Will Worthington's squeeze bunt drove in Jung-Goldberg from third and Worthington beat the throw to first. 

Golf

The men's golf team tied for the top low round on the third and final round of the Limkin Grips San Diego Classic to finish the two-day event at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. in 13th-place among 19 schools.

The round of 280 came after scores of 300 and 297 in each of the first two rounds for the Toreros for an 877, a 13-over-par total. The top five USD golfers, whose scores count toward the team total score, were Evan Kawai (tied 28th, +2, 71-73-74=218), Donald Kay (tied 34th, +3, 77-76-66=219), Alrik Pan (tied 34th, +3, 77-72-70=219), Harrison Kingsley (tied 55th, +6, 75-77-70=222) and Kyle Bachelor (100th, +29, 84-76-85=245).

Tennessee took the tournament team title with an 856 (285-291-280, 8-under par). Tennessee and San Diego State, which finished the tournament tied for second place (860) with Arizona State, each had final round scores of 280 along with the Toreros. Rounding out the top five teams were Texas A&M (861) and Cal (862). West Coast Conference teams in the field were San Francisco (sixth place, 863), BYU (eighth, 867), Saint Mary's (tied 10th, 874), Santa Clara (12th, 875) and Loyola Marymount (18th, 902).

Men's Tennis

Heading into what was supposed to be a very competitive San Diego Shakedown weekend event with Arizona, Penn State and Texas Tech coming to USD, the Toreros did play one tune-up match last week, a 7-0 blanking of visiting Liberty on March 11 at the Hogan Tennis Center.

Ranked 50th in the nation, San Diego ran its win streak to five matches by capturing the doubles point and then sweeping the singles matches.

The doubles teams of August Holmgren-Joel Gamerov at No. 1 and Marvin Schaber-David Norfeldt at No. 3 both won with scores of 6-4 for the early USD lead. In singles action, Holmgren, Schaber and Gui Osorio won to claim the team win. Play continued and Gamerov, Armin Rostami and Norfeldt each won their respective matches to complete the shutout.

The win gave the Toreros an 8-3 final overall record. San Diego had already won its first two West Coast Conference matches this season, too.

Torero Sport Shorts

The season also came to an end for women's basketball, softball, women's tennis, women’s rowing, men's rowing and women's track, but none of these teams had a race/played a game/match this week prior to the decision to cancel the remainder of the spring season. The USD women's basketball team, coming off an overtime loss to Portland in the WCC Tournament title game on March 10, was expected to earn a postseason spot in the Women's NIT. Instead, the WCC's second-place team and owner of a 20-11 overall mark, is done for the season due to the coronavirus cancellation of all basketball postseason play. ... Final records for USD's two spring sports, softball and women's tennis, were 15-12 overall under first-year head softball coach Jessica Pistole and a 7-4 overall record (1-0 WCC) for women's tennis. ... Former men's soccer standout, forward Miguel Berry, officially signed with Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew on Feb. 27, just prior to the start of the MLS regular season. Berry, who just completed his collegiate career this past fall and was heavily decorated with conference and national recognition, was the seventh overall selection by the Crew in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. MLS, along with numerous other professional sports leagues and college, announced it would suspend the season due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). ... Grace Frohling, an opposite hitter for USD's volleyball team, was one of 28 players across the nation selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team's Anaheim squad on March 11, USA Volleyball announced March 11. Frohling is one of four opposites on the Anaheim roster. She will train with the team June 21-27 and compete side-by-side with the U.S. Women's National Team as the latter prepares for the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. Frohling was one of six Torero players invited to participate in the U.S. Women's National Team open tryouts Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The other Toreros selected to tryout were Annie Benbow, Katie Lukes, Camryn Tastad, Lauren Turner and Roxie Wiblin.

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