March 17, 2006
(Albuquerque, NM) - USF came from back from a four-run deficit to earn the 10-9 win over New Mexico at Isotopes Park on Friday night. The Dons (10-12) managed 15 hits in the win over the Lobos (14-6), their fourth consecutive win since last Friday.
USF plated a runner in the first inning after sophomore third baseman Joey Railey singled and an out later, junior right-hander Scott Cousins tripled to left. New Mexico tied the game in the bottom of the frame off starter Cousins, but the Dons regained the lead in the second on sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's second homerun of the year.
New Mexico was held at bay for two innings before going on a tear, scoring eight runs over the next four innings. The Dons added single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh before rallying with two outs, for five runs to take the lead in the eighth.
After freshman second baseman Zach Kim grounded out to third and Bialosky flew out to center, sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer singled to short. Junior Daniel Morales pinch hit for junior Lucas DeLong and roped a single through the left side. Junior Blake Nelson pinch hit for sophomore shortstop Tavo Hall and proceeded to smack a two-RBI single up the middle. Those RBI's were Nelson's first of the season. Cousins added his own RBI single up the middle before senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell followed the same route, batting in the final two runs of the game.
Nine Dons had hits in the game, with Gartrell and Cousins stroking three. Bialosky and Railey had two a piece with Kim, Morales, Sommer, Nelson, and junior catcher Jonathan Norfolk each adding one.
Sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson (3-0) got the win, pitching two innings of relief for starter Cousins, allowing two runs (both earned) off three hits and had one strikeout. Senior right-hander, and WCC Pitcher of the Week, Patrick McGuigan got his first save of the year and the 14th of his career after throwing 1.2 innings of relief, not allowing a hit or run and striking out two Lobos.
The Dons return to Isotopes Park for game two of the three-game series with the Lobos on Saturday. First Pitch is set for 6:00 PM.