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Former Cougar pitcher Nick Torina begins his first season as a volunteer assistant coach with the UH Baseball program.
A four-year letterwinner from 1998 to 2001, Torina will aid assistant coach Kirk Blount with the pitchers and catchers. He also will help with daily practice responsibilities and other administrative duties, including the Cougars’ annual camps.
Prior to joining head coach Rayner Noble’s staff, Torina was a member of the Cougar Radio Network for two seasons as a color analyst. Few Cougar fans can forget his, C.B Devoy’s and Pat Cauley’s historic call over the airwaves in the bottom of the 10th inning as UH rallied to win the championship game of the NCAA Regional at College Station against host Texas A&M.
Before working in the broadcast booth, Torina was a vital member of the Cougar pitching staff. In four years, he appeared in 83 career games, the third-highest total in UH career history.
In 2000, Torina finished among the staff’s Top 3 leaders in ERA, appearances and opposing batting average. He earned his only decision of the year in an improvised starting assignment at the Conference USA Tournament.
Playing host South Florida in an elimination game, the Cougars scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning. With a lead that big, Noble elected to save scheduled starter Shane Nance and turned to Torina to become the new starter. After a few warm-up tosses on the side, Torina held the bulls to two runs on only six hits in a career-best 5.1 innings of work.
It was only the second win of his collegiate career and his first in a 15-month span.
A week later, he received a standing ovation from more than 4,300 fans during the NCAA Regional at Cougar Field after tossing 4.2 innings of one-hit relief and allowing UH to rally during a game that it had been losing.
Facing 20 batters over 6.1 innings during that NCAA Regional, Torina allowed one hit hit while striking out four as the Cougars captured the Regional crown. As a prep at South Houston High, Torina established himself as one of the area’s top strikeout pitchers, tossing 112 Ks to go with a 7-6 record and 1.22 ERA as a senior. With numbers like that, he earned All-District 23-5A First Team honors.
Born on July 18, 1979 in Houston, he is the son of Nick and Kimberly Torina. A third-generation Cougar, both his parents and grandparents attended UH.
He is single and lives in Houston.