March 10, 2007
(Waco, TX) - USF's offense recorded 12 hits and junior left-hander Aaron Poreda did the rest leading the Dons to a 7-2 victory against Winthrop in game three of the 2007 Quali-T Imprint Baylor Classic Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. The Dons (9-7) even their record in the tournament at 1-1 and take on Mississippi State at 10:00 AM (PT) in the finale on Sunday. USF collects the victory in the program's first meeting with the Eagles (11-8), a 2006 NCAA Regional squad.
After a shaky start, Poreda (3-1) was at times untouchable against Winthrop. After issuing his first walk of the season in the first the Eagles plated their first run of the game in the opening frame. Poreda recovered and retired 11 consecutive Eagles hitters beginning in the third inning. The 2007 Brooks Wallace and Roger Clemens Watch List selection collected his 13th career victory and moved into a share of ninth place on the career wins list with Jim Ross (1974-76).
USF's top four hitters did the job, going a combined 8-for-15 with five RBI and six runs. Junior shortstop Tavo Hall went 2-for-5 in the leadoff spot with a pair of runs and a stolen base, while senior outfielder Jonnie Knoble added a 2-for-3 day with a double and a two-run single. Junior infielder Joey Railey went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while junior infielder Mitchell Bialosky turned in a 2-for-3 day with two RBI. Junior infielder Brian Chavez also tallied a pair of base hits and drove in a pair.
San Francisco tied the contest at 1-1 in the second inning. Bialosky picked up a leadoff walk, followed by a double by senior catcher Jonathan Norfolk. Chavez plated Bialosky with an RBI groundout. The Dons then took their first lead of the tournament in the third with a three-run outburst, fueled by an RBI single from Railey and a two-run single by Bialosky.
USF tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Chavez singled followed by a bunt single from Hall. Knoble slapped a two run single to right center staking the Dons to a 6-1 lead. The Eagles scored once in the seventh, but the Dons countered in the eighth as Bialosky singled and advanced to third on consecutive ground outs and scored on a Chavez RBI single.
Junior right-hander Ryan Schwartz (2-1) suffered the loss for Winthrop, allowing six runs off nine hits in 3.2 innings.
San Francisco's bullpen did a nice job allowing just one hit in two innings in relief of Poreda. Junior right-hander Brian Anderson tossed one frame allowing one hit, while junior right-hander Tommy Peale made his much-anticipated Dons debut in the ninth and did not allow a hit.
San Francisco completes tournament play against Mississippi State in the finale for both teams. USF will send senior right-hander Jason Dufloth (3-1) to the mound where he will square off against Bulldogs right-hander Josh Johnson (1-0).