|Hometown:||Santa Cruz, Calif.|
|High School:||Santa Cruz HS|
The 2011 Big West batting champion, Torchio hit .369, a mark which ranked 69th in NCAA baseball. Played in all 53 games, including 52 starts. Scored 35 runs while driving in 17 and posting 11 doubles, a triple and a home run. Turned in a .419 on-base percentage, which was seventh in the Big West. His 72 hits was fifth in the Big West. Second in the conference in sacrifice bunts with 15, which was 25th in the NCAA. Ranked in the top 150 in the country in “toughest to strike out” at one K per 10.8 at bats. Moved from second to third base on April 2 against Long Beach State and hit .417 in the final 31 games with 11 extra base hits, and a .502 on-base percentage. Turned in 26 multi-hit games on the season and posted a season-long eight-game hit streak (April 17-29). Went four-for-five in the Tigers’ win over No. 13 Cal (April 5) with three runs scored and a run batted in. Added a three-for-four day at UC Riverside (April 9). Posted two or more hits in six straight games, including a six-for-10 series against No. 17 UC Irvine (April 15-17) and a 7-for-12 series at CS Northridge (April 21-23). Went three-for-five with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the finale against Northridge. Collected seven hits in 12 at bats against No. 10 Fullerton (April 29-May 1). Opened May with a four-for-four day at Fullerton, with a double, an RBI and a stolen based. Posted his lone triple of the season in a two-for-four day against UC Davis (May 8). Added a two-for-four day with his first career home run against Seattle. The homer came on May 14, with the game completed after a two-day suspension due to rain on May 16. Closed the season with four-straight multi-hit games, including a three-for-five day in the finale at UC Santa Barbara with a double and two runs scored to with the conference batting crown.
Dustin started five games for the Tigers during his first year of Division I competition, appearing in 16 total games in 2010. Torchio went 6-for-27 on the year with four walks, leading to a .312 on base percentage. Against UC Santa Barbara on May 30, Dustin had a 2-for-5 plate appearance with his first career triple, a run and an RBI. On three other occasions Dustin drove in a runner, doing so against No. 18 Stanford (Feb. 24), Seattle (Mar. 7) and Notre Dame (Mar. 12).
Dustin served as a four-year starter for Santa Cruz High School where he graduated from in 2009. Torchio anchored second base on defense and led the team on offense. During his senior year, Torchio earned First Team All-County acclaim after hitting .350 that season. As a junior, he helped lead Santa Cruz to the Division III championship game, along the way scoring 52 runs while producing 12 doubles, 24 RBIs, 26 walks and hitting .366 as the team’s leadoff hitter. Torchio was named to the All-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League First Team and the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s All-Santa Cruz County team. He was selected as the County’s Offensive MVP of the year. During Dustin’s sophomore campaign he also hit .350 to make the Second Team All-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League list.
Dustin Torchio was born in Santa Cruz, Calif., and is the son of Darrell and Sharon Torchio. He has three siblings, Aaron, Ryan and Hannah. Torchio is a Communication major with hopes of coaching baseball in the future.