March 11, 2006
(San Francisco) - For the second day in a row, pitching was key as the Dons routed the Georgetown Hoyas 5-0 in non-conference baseball action at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday afternoon. With the win against the Hoyas (6-10), USF (7-11) secures its second series victory of the year.
Don senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan was the star of the day, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout. The complete game was the second of his career. He also struck out 12 batters, a new career high. His previous high was seven against Southern Utah (2/17). He now has 131 career strikeouts. McGuigan threw 116 pitches in the game, 81 for strikes. He had three particular masterful stretches in which he retired seven, nine, and eight batters in a row, respectively. Only one Hoya, senior outfielder Timmy Jones, made it to second base after a passed ball in the first inning.
USF started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, running through their entire batting line-up. Sophomore third-baseman Joey Railey hit the first of his three singles on the night and advanced on a wild pitch. Hoyas pitcher, freshman Andy Ferich, then walked sophomore shortstop Tavo Hall and junior outfielder Scott Cousins to load the bases. Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell lined a single to right field, scoring Railey and Hall. Junior DH Jon Norfolk laid down a perfect sac bunt to move the runners. Two batters later, Cousins scored on a passed ball. Gartrell then scored after the Hoyas tried to catch freshman infielder Zach Kim stealing second base.
In the third, the Dons added an insurance run. Gartrell was hit by a pitch to start the inning and advanced on the 5-3 put out of Norfolk. Gartrell then moved to third on a passed ball. He scored on a Kim RBI single to left.
Six of nine Don batters had at least one hit in the game, with Railey adding three. Gartrell, Norfolk, Kim, junior catcher Daniel Morales and sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky all had one hit a piece. Gartrell also had two RBI and Kim had one.
Georgetown's only two hits came in the third and sixth innings. The first came off the bat of junior centerfielder and Walnut Creek, CA native Mark McLaughlin who singled into right. Jones added a single to center for the final Hoyas hit.
USF meets Georgetown once again on Sunday, March 12 at Benedetti Diamond. The final game of the series begins at noon.
Patrick McGuigan is now tied for 8th in career victories with 13 (Jim Ross 74-76)
McGuigan's 12 strikeouts are tied for third most by a Don in a single game with Nick Pereira (04-05). Pereira struck out 12 in a game against Santa Clara. Pereira also holds the second most strikeouts in a game with 13, also against Santa Clara (3/24/05). The all-time leader, with 16, is USF Hall of Famer Con Dempsey, who accomplished the feat in a game against Saint Mary's in 1946.