Feb. 20, 2007
(Palo Alto, CA) - San Francisco had the lead, but couldn't hold it as it fell to Stanford 4-1 in non-conference action at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday evening. Previously, USF (5-5) hadn't lost to Stanford (4-5) since 2005.
USF held a slim 1-0 lead after the first inning. Junior second baseman Joey Railey singled to center and advanced to second when junior shortstop Tavo Hall attempted to sacrifice bunt, but reached base on an error. An out later, freshman designated hitter Derek Poppert singled to load the bases. Railey scored when senior Jon Norfolk reached base on a fielder's choice.
Stanford put up zeros until the fifth when, with two outs, they plated two. The Cardinal followed up in the sixth with two more to put it out of reach for the Dons.
USF out-hit Stanford 7-6.
Junior Mitchell Bialosky (0-2) earned the loss in the longest outing of his short pitching career. The right-hander threw 5.1 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) off four hits and a walk. Bialosky struck out five Cardinal batters.
For Stanford, Austin Yount (1-0) got the win in relief, throwing 5.0 scoreless innings, only giving up three hits and striking out two Dons. David Stringer earned his second save of the season, throwing 3.0 innings of scoreless ball.
Railey led Dons batters with two hits and a run scored. Poppert, junior right fielder Luke Sommer, junior third baseman Brian Chavez, senior first baseman Chris Bacigalupi, and senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble all had singles for USF. Sommer and Knoble both stole their fourth bases of the season.
USF returns to action this weekend in the River City Classic, hosted by Sacramento State and UC Davis. The Dons take on Sacramento State, in Sacramento, on Friday at 1:00 PM, UC Davis, in Davis, on Saturday at 1:00 PM, and St. Mary's (non-conference), in Sacramento, on Sunday at 10:00 AM.