Junior left-handers Brian Matusz and Josh Romanski and senior right-hander Matt Couch give USD a formidable starting rotation. Sophomore right-hander A.J. Griffin is a quality closer. In between is a group of highly-regarded newcomers and veterans.
Just how good is the Toreros' staff from top to bottom?
Asked who they regarded as the nation's top pitching staff coming into the season, Baseball America's Aaron Fitt wrote in a Jan. 4 chat:
"John Manuel and I debated Arizona's pitching staff vs. San Diego's yesterday, and we both settled on the Toreros ... but it's close."
Here's a link to the entire chat: