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USF Baseball Defeats UC Riverside 5-3

Feb. 18, 2007

Final Stats

(Riverside, CA) - San Francisco ended the weekend series with UC Riverside on a high note, beating the Highlanders 5-3 at the Riverside Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. The win puts the Dons back above .500 at 5-4 and drops the Highlanders to 7-3.

Junior transfer Matt Baugh (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, starting the game and throwing 7.1 solid innings. The left hander allowed three runs (two earned) off eight hits and a walk while striking out six batters. Senior right hander John Quine earned his second save of the year, throwing 0.2 innings and not allowing a run.

USF started the game down one after UCR scored in the bottom of the second off a solo homerun by designated hitter Nick Salotti. But the Dons answered back in the fourth when senior center fielder Lucas DeLong singled and advanced to third on junior third baseman Brian Chavez's single to center. DeLong scored when junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky hit into a double play. To cap the inning, senior catcher Daniel Morales homered to left.

In the fifth, the Dons put up another two spot. Junior shortstop Tavo Hall singled and stole second. He scored on junior right fielder Luke Sommer's single up the middle. After Sommer stole third, he scored on senior designated hitter Chris Bacigalupi's ground out.

The Dons would add one more in the seventh as junior second baseman Joey Railey reached on an infield single and advanced on Hall's sacrifice bunt. Sommer then doubled to right to score Railey.

Riverside would score one in both the fifth and seventh, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Dons.

Railey led all dons with three hits, including a double. Hall (two stolen bases), Sommer (double, stolen base, two RBI) and Bialosky (double) all had two hits. DeLong, Chavez and Morales had one each.

Riverside's Dan Runzler (0-2) earned the loss, throwing 5.1 innings allowing four earned runs off 10 hits and struck out four Dons. Salotti had three hits for UCR and Carl Uhl and Aaron Wible each had two.

USF returns to action on Tuesday versus Stanford. First pitch in Palo Alto is set for 5:00 PM.