Feb. 13, 2007
(Berkeley, CA) - It was a day for season high's as San Francisco defeated Cal 15-6 at Evans Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons' 15 runs and 21 hits are the most in 2007, and tie the runs and hits tally in last season's win over No. 29 Hawaii (5/16/06). With today's win, USF (4-2) has beaten Cal (4-2) four straight. The Dons haven't lost to a Pac-10 opponent since falling to Washington State 8-7 last year (2/26/06).
Nearly every Don to step to the plate earned a hit, (13 of 17) and seven of them had two or more. USF scored consecutively higher runs in the first four innings (one-first, two-second, three-third, four-fourth) before adding one in the fifth and four more in the sixth.
The pattern would have been different if a play at the plate hadn't been overturned by the umpires in the third inning. With two outs, junior third baseman Brian Chavez reached on an error and advanced to second on freshman Derek Poppert's single. Senior center fielder Lucas DeLong then singled to center and Chavez scored from second. But he was first called out at the plate to end the inning. Chavez ran into the catcher, who dropped the ball, then proceeded to hold Chavez down while he retrieved the ball and tagged him out. However, the call was reversed and the Dons scored two more runs off sophomore left fielder Zach Kim's single to right.
In the fourth, the Dons scored on three consecutive doubles. With two on, senior Jon Norfolk smacked a two-RBI double to left and scored on Chavez's double to center. Chavez scored on senior Mitchell Bialosky's double to center.
In the sixth, USF scored four on six hits (five singles and a double) to cap the scoring.
Junior second baseman Joey Railey lead the way with three hits, including a double, three RBI and a stolen base. Sommer, Chavez (double), Poppert, DeLong, Kim (three RBI), and Bialosky (double) all had two hits. Freshman Bobby Ethel earned his first hit as a Don, a pinch hit single up the middle in the seventh.
The Bears had 11 hits, including two each by sophomore first baseman David Cooper (who also homered) and freshman right fielder Blake Smith.
Senior LHP Cole Stipovich (1-0) earned the win for the Dons, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Bialosky started the game, throwing 2.2 innings, giving up two runs off four hits and striking out one. Junior RHP Brian Anderson threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief, only allowing two hits. Junior LHP Matt Baugh (2.0 innings, two runs, two hits, one strikeout) and freshman RHP Alex Kalogrides (1.0 innings, no runs, no hits) also saw time on the mound.
Cal also threw five pitchers in the game with freshman LHP Sean Watson (0-1) earning the loss, throwing 1.1 innings and giving up three runs on five hits.
USF returns to action Thursday in an exhibition game versus Rikkyo University from Tokyo. Game time at Skyline College in San Bruno is set for 11:00 AM.