June 2, 2013
Conyers Lifts San Diego
By Abbey Mastracco
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
San Diego coach Rich Hill (left) told the media
that his squad was hungry and ready to go to battle. The blue
camouflage uniforms signified that the third-seeded Toreros were
ready to do just that.
Sunday afternoon's elimination game in the Los
Angeles Regional played out in exactly that fashion – it was a
battle until the end. Ultimately it was No. 3 San Diego that won
to stay alive with an 8-5 victory over No. 2 Cal Poly at Jackie
“I’m extremely proud of our guys to battle back
through the losers’ bracket,” Hill said. “It’s hard to put into
words what we have been able to do this year… The turnaround of
this team in the last six weeks and playing in the Championship
game of the Los Angeles Regional – like I said, adjectives don’t
really describe where we are now.”
Troy Conyers (3-2) played the hero for the
Toreros (37-24), earning the win in relief and getting a big,
two-RBI single in a sixth-inning rally that proved to be key in
the win. Louie Lechich started the game and lasted four innings.
wanted to give them a different look,” Hill said of the decision
to go to Conyers in the fifth. “We knew were going to matchup
with [Trevor] Bayless late and god back to [Max] Homick to
close. Troy got a little tired which was unexpected but Big T
got a big hit.”
Added catcher Austin Green: “We were pumped. Big
T has been carrying us through the run we had. He pitched the
championship game of the WCC Championship [tournament], got big
key hits in one of those WCC Championship games as well so he’s
a big contributor on our team.”
Michael Holback (3-2) took the loss for Cal Poly
(40-19). Jimmy Allen continued his hot-hitting ways, going 3 for
4 with two RBI and a run.
For the tournament, Allen hit .615 with two
extra-base hits, five RBIs and a run.
“I think this weekend I was just really relaxed
and tried to clear my mind as much as I could and obviously,
being a Regional on TV, all of the people in the stands I did
whatever I could to just make things simple and kind of relax
everything,” Allen said. “It’s ironic that when the most
pressure is on the line is when I felt the most relaxed.”
Cal Poly tied the game in the second inning at 1
and again in the top of the fifth at 3, but the Toreros took the
lead in the bottom of the inning when AJ Robinson scored on a
The Toreros took a 6-3 lead when Conyers doubled
home Green and Andrew Daniel. Sloppy command on the part of
Holback and Taylor Chris would result in a total of four runs,
giving San Diego an 8-3 lead.
But the Mustangs showed resolve in the top of the
seventh, scoring two more. Max Homick closed for the Toreros,
keeping the lead intact.
Homick also was slated to pitch the Championship
game against UCLA.
“Real old-school stuff,” said Hill, of his
decision to pitch Homick in the next game. “That’s us, we love
For the Mustangs, it was a banner year in which
they were finally able to break through and reach a Regional,
giving the younger players experience to build on.
“The finality of the situation, it’s a tough
one,” coach Larry Lee said. “I think we got the most out of this
team. When you win 40 games on the West Coast, that’s saying
(photo courtesy of USD Media