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USF Baseball Falls To No. 24 Baylor 5-4 in First Game of Pacific Tournament

March 2, 2007

Final Stats

(Stockton, CA) - San Francisco held a 2-1 advantage up to the fifth, but couldn't hold on as it fell to No. 24 Baylor 5-4 in game one of the Pacific Tournament in Stockton on Friday morning. USF (7-6) out hit the Bears (9-4) 14-7, but also left 12 runners on base compared with BU's three.

USF's offense was on point as five Dons batters had multiple hits in the game. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky stroked three singles, had two RBI and scored a run. Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble also had three hits and stole his sixth base of the season. Junior second baseman Joey Railey, junior shortstop Tavo Hall, and senior catcher Jon Norfolk all had two hits in the game. Junior third baseman Brian Chavez and senior center fielder Lucas DeLong both added doubles to the offensive attack.

The Dons scored a run in both the first and second to take an early 2-0 lead. In the first, Bialosky batted in Railey and in the second Railey earned the RBI, batting in Norfolk who singled to start the inning.

Baylor scored a run of its own in the third to make it 2-1, but USF would add another in the fifth to keep the two run lead. Bialosky earned his second RBI of the game, batting in Hall who singled and advanced to second on a groundout. The Dons' lead would end in the bottom of the sixth as the Bears scored two and added another in the seventh.

USF tied the game in the top of the ninth. With two outs, Bialosky singled, pinch hitter Matt Lieb walked, and Norfolk singled through the right side to score Bialosky. The Bears scored in the bottom of the frame on a hit-by-pitch, a balk and a double.

Senior right hander John Quine (0-1) earned the loss, allowing the Bears' final run in the ninth. Junior left hander Aaron Poreda threw 8.0 innings in the no-decision, allowing four earned runs off six hits and striking out seven.

For Baylor, junior right hander Nick Cassavechia (3-0) earned the win in relief, pitching the ninth. He allowed one earned run off three hits and a walk. Freshman second baseman Raynor Campbell was the only Bear hitter to have multiple hits, as he earned a single and a double in the game.

USF returns to Pacific Tournament action in Stockton Saturday against San Diego State. Game time is set for 10:00 AM.