University of San Diego catcher Dillon Haupt hit a home run over the left centerfield fence at Fowler Park in San Diego Tuesday night. The 6-foot-5 senior backstop hit his fifth home run of the 2013 season in the fifth inning during San Diego’s game against UC Irvine.
Currently, Haupt is hitting .300 in 32 games played for the Toreros. A talented and tenacious hitter, Haupt has made a few starts as a Designated Hitter for Coach Rill Hill’s Toreros ball club. Armed with solid plate discipline, Haupt gets on base to the tune of an On-Base Percentage mark of .399 and leads his Toreros team in doubles with 14.
Last year, Haupt hit a home run off of then San Francisco right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer. Zimmer was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft.
A native of San Diego, Haupt has strong personal traits like a steady demeanor and an ability to work well with pitchers and act as a liaison between them and the coaching staff. His superior instincts, strong mental makeup and leadership skills make him a superb ball player and a class act.
Haupt and his Toreros squad will face West Conference Coast rival Pepperdine this weekend. Pepperdine catcher Nate Johnson and Haupt are two of the better collegiate catchers on the West Coast.
It has been fun to see Haupt get some well-deserved publicity. He is a skilled ballplayer and a great guy, one who has exceptional people skills. Good luck to Dillon and the Toreros this weekend!