March 10, 2006
(San Francisco) - Good pitching and timely hitting led the Dons to an 8-3 win over Georgetown in non-conference baseball action on a cold and wet Friday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond. The rain fell mid-game, but the Dons (6-11) didn't notice as they pushed the Hoyas (6-9) West Coast losing streak to six games.
USF broke a scoreless tie by plating five runs in the bottom of the second. Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell led off the inning with a solo homerun over the scoreboard in right field. Junior catcher Jon Norfolk then singled and later scored after junior DH Daniel Morales singled and red-shirt freshman Zach Kim reached base on a throwing error by the Hoyas third baseman, sophomore Matthew Bouchard. After junior outfielder Lucas DeLong reached on a fielder's choice, sophomore first-baseman Mitchell Bialosky hit his first homerun of the year, a three-run blast over the 40-foot left-field fence.
In the fifth, the Dons added three insurance runs. Gartrell walked and Norfolk singled. Morales then singled to left, scoring Gartrell. Kim added a single, scoring Norfolk. One out later Bialosky singled to center, scoring Morales.
Bialosky ended the game 2-for-4 with four RBI. Norfolk and Morales also had two hits for the Dons, and Gartrell, Kim and DeLong each added a single a piece.
Junior right-hander Ryan Muller started on the mound for the Dons, only going 3.1 innings, but was on a pitch count. He gave up only two runs (one earned), on six hits and had four strikeouts. Junior Jason Dufloth finished the game, throwing 5.2 innings and earning his first win. The right-hander didn't give up a run and only allowed three hits with five strikeouts.
Georgetown had a mini rally in the fourth, scoring two runs off three hits and a fielding error. They added their final run in the seventh.
All of USF's runs came off of Hoyas starting pitcher, sophomore Michael Gaggioli. The left-hander gave up five runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out four.
USF returns to action Saturday, March 11 for game two of the three-game series with the Hoyas. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.