Logan Gelbrich is a senior catcher at San Diego. He played in
60 games a season ago with 56 starts and saw action as designated hitter and in
left field as well as behind the plate. A native of Los Angeles, Gelbrich was
named first team all-West Coast Conference in 2007 after hitting .316 with 67
hits, including 16 doubles, and 38 RBI. Gelbrich handles one of the top pitching
staffs in the nation.
April 18, 2008
Winning On and Off the Field
The Toreros are continuing to do things right on
the field, and it’s showing. This week the Toreros return from a
three-game sweep of the Portland Pilots on the road and a
significant 7-1 victory over a more favorably ranked opponent in
UC Irvine. Beating Irvine, especially in the middle of the week,
can be quite a daunting task given their run as of late. But
with arguably the best midweek starter in the country, a defense
that is flashing errorless contests, and a lineup reaching its
potential, I don’t think we could have lost to anyone.
Pecina has looked like the filthy starter he is as of late and
it really manifested itself Tuesday. He mixed all the way
through using two arm angles, a cutter, a slider, a curveball, a
change-up, and not to mention being able to throw his fastball
to both sides of the plate. Without a doubt he is the hardest
pitcher to catch on our staff, so hitting off him isn’t the most
comforting idea either.
The most excitement within the group came out the
following evening, however, when senior reliever Luke Roniger
took the crown in a Mr. University contest put on by an
on-campus sorority. When Steve Tuttle of Lambda Chi Alpha was
announced as the 2008 Mr. University runner-up, the rush for the
stage ensued, ending in a dogpile as “Mr. Baseball” stole the
show from Mr. Ambassador’s Club, Mr. Black Student Union, Mr.
Rugby, and five other representatives from fraternities on
The baseball team was represented well and
without a shadow of a doubt took over the room with unrelenting
cheers for Luke, heckling of the competition and other civilian
passerby, dancing, and outlandish antics of all sorts. Many
times, the lifestyles of those who participate in Greek life
don’t mesh well with those of college athletes so we saw it as
an opportunity to compete.
Roniger’s arsenal included a good showing in the
opening dance where he was given last choice in the costume
selection and was forced to be dressed as “Felicity Shagwell”
from Austin Powers, a quality swimwear performance, a sharp
formal wear ensemble, and a witty question-and-answer portion.
But the meat of the contest was in the talent performance, where
Luke nailed a perfect rendition of the Evolution of Dance
(Orange Crush t-shirt included). The performance that took hours
to master and countless late-night practice sessions in our
living room and locker room included important additions of the
bay area prided “Thizz Dance” and the all too familiar “Crank
That (Soulja Boy).” Luke ended the melody of dance with a member
from each sorority on stage with a sign indicating their
affiliation to take part in a rendition of their sorority’s
official dance to their respective official song, which drew
screams from each group around the crowd.
Tonight we’re heading into the weekend poised for
another chance to compete, this time against other baseball
players, however. This week I learned that both we are starting
to take shape on the mound and in the box and that I am an
embarrassingly critical coach when it comes to choreography.
(action photo by Brock Scott)