Feb. 3, 2007
(Fresno, CA) - San Francisco defeated Fresno State 4-3 at Baiden Field on Saturday afternoon, the first time a Dons team has won a series over the Bulldogs since February 21-23, 2003 when USF took game two 6-5 and game three 9-7. The Dons are now 2-0 to start the season, and drop the Bulldogs to 0-2.
Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth pitched seven nearly flawless innings, only giving up two hits and no runs to earn the win. Sophomore right-hander John Quine earned his first save of the season, throwing two innings, giving up three runs off four hits and had four strikeouts.
The Bulldogs starter, junior right-hander Brandon Burke matched Dufloth's seven scoreless innings until hitting trouble in the eighth. Two consecutive singles by senior catcher Jon Norfolk and junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky were followed by a two-RBI double from junior second baseman Joey Railey. Junior shortstop Tavo Hall reached base on an error by Burke and an out later, freshman pinch hitter Derek Poppert singled in both Railey and Hall.
In the bottom of the frame, Fresno State mounted a rally against Quine when the Bulldogs' freshman third basemen Tom Mendonca singled and was batted in off the double from junior first baseman Jason Hershfield. An out and a walk later, senior designated hitter Loren Storey singled in Hershfield. Junior left fielder Steve Susdorf smacked an RBI single to right to cap the scoring. Quine got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Norfolk and Railey had two hits a piece for the Dons, with Sommer, Poppert, Knoble, and Bialosky each adding one. Hall stole his first base of the year.
USF finishes the three game series with Fresno State at Baiden Field Sunday, February 4th at 1:00 PM.