March 9, 2007
(Waco, TX) - USF baseball dropped a tough 5-1 decision to Baylor in the opening round of the 2007 Quali-T Imprints Baylor Classic Friday night in opening round tournament action at Baylor Ballpark. The Dons (8-7) could not find the big hit they needed against the Bears (11-6), who downed the Green and Gold for the second time in a week.
USF held a 7-5 hits advantage in the game, but stranded eight runners on base, flew into a double play and committed a costly error in Baylor's two-run third. Junior right-hander Mitchell Bialosky (0-3) battled for the Dons, allowing three runs (two earned) off three hits and struck out four in 4.1 innings.
Junior infielder Joey Railey went 2-for-4 for the Dons in the leadoff spot. Senior infielder Chris Bacigalupi drove in San Francisco's only run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly, scoring junior outfielder Luke Sommer who led off the frame with a single. USF did not record an extra-base hit in the contest, while Baylor managed just one, a double in the fourth.
Senior right-hander Jeff Mandel (2-3) went the distance for the Bears, allowing one unearned run off seven hits, struck out six and walked a pair in his longest career outing. Mandel escaped a bases loaded jam unscathed with one out in the third inning.
Baylor scored one run in the first and added two in the fourth and seventh inning. In two games against the Bears, San Francisco owned a 22-13 hit advantage, but were out-scored 10-5.
USF returns to tournament action when it takes on Winthrop, a 7-6 winner against Mississippi State Saturday. First pitch against the Eagles is set for 12:30 PM (PT) at the Baylor Ballpark.