USD took the field for today's West Coast Conference game against Portland glad to be home but with its numbers continue to dwindle.
The Toreros (25-16, 8-3 WCC) have managed to stay competitive this season despite a string of injuries that have tested their depth on the mound and in the field.
The latest setback was to third baseman Steven Chatwood, who suffered a broken leg Tuesday night at Cal State Fullerton when he slid into a wall just beyond the Titans dugout after making a catch on a foul fly. Chatwood, who was at third because starter Victor Sanchez is out for the year with a shoulder injury, has seen his season come to an end.
Tony Strazzara started at third today against the Pilots. Strazzara has played third before, but he looked shaky in the third inning when a chopper down the line got under his glove and led to a run for the Pilots (20-18, 4-8).
Freshman Jon Hotta was in center field for Zach Walters, who was inexplicably missing from the starting lineup.
Sophomore right-hander Matt Thomson is USD's Friday starter now, by virtue of injuries to sophomores Sammy Solis (herniated disk) and Kyle Blair (biceps tendinities). Junior A.J. Griffin has made some Friday starts, but was pressed into service at Fullerton and likely will be used later in the series. Senior Matt Couch also is a candidate to start, but it remains to be seen how Couch (shoulder) responds from the inning he threw against the Titans.