March 19, 2006
(San Francisco) - USF couldn't earn the sweep over New Mexico on Sunday, falling 10-7 at Isotopes Park. Over the three game series the Dons (11-12) were on fire offensively, amassing 32 hits (eight for extra bases) and 28 runs versus the Lobos (15-7).
USF fell behind early, allowing the Lobos to plate one in the first and second innings before gaining the lead in the third with three runs of their own. After two walks and a single by junior outfielder Scott Cousins loaded the bases, senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell hit a two-RBI single to center. An out later, junior designated hitter Daniel Morales hit a sacrifice fly to score Cousins. The lead would be short lived as the Lobos piled on eight more runs over the next four innings. The Dons added one run in the sixth, two in the eighth and one in the ninth of a Cousins homerun, but couldn't come all the way back.
Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey had three hits for the Dons, including a double and two RBI. Freshman second baseman Zach Kim had two hits, one of which was his first triple of the season. Cousins also had two hits while Gartrell, sophomore shortstop Tavo Hall, and junior Chris Bacigalupi added one apiece.
USF returns home to Benedetti Diamond for a two game series with Utah Valley State on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games are set to start at 2:00 PM.