Feb. 11, 2007
(San Mateo, CA) - San Francisco defeated Sacramento State 8-4 in non-conference baseball action at the College of San Mateo on Sunday afternoon. The Dons rise above the .500 mark at 3-2 and drop the Hornets to 0-5.
Sacramento State started the scoring in the first, but USF tied the game in the second before breaking it open in the third.
With one out, junior second baseman Joey Railey tripled down the right field line and was batted in off junior right fielder Luke Sommer's single up the middle. Senior designated hitter Daniel Morales reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on senior catcher Jon Norfolk's single. Both Morales and Norfolk scored on junior third baseman Brian Chavez's double to right center. Then, junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky slammed his second homerun of the season, a two RBI shot to right to cap the scoring. All five runs of the inning were scored off Hornet's starting pitcher, junior right-hander Alvaro Orozco (0-1).
The Hornets came within two after a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, but USF furthered it's lead with a run in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, with one out Sommer doubled and later scored on Morales' double down the left field line. In the eighth, junior shortstop Tavo Hall doubled in freshman pinch runner Bobby Ethel, who was running for Bialosky.
Chavez had four hits on the afternoon, including two doubles and three RBI; all game and career highs for the third baseman as a Don.
Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth (2-0) earned the victory with six solid innings, allowing four runs off nine hits and striking out three.
USF returns to action Tuesday, February 13 at Cal. First pitch is set for 1:30 PM.