March 21, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - In what turned out to be a great pitchers dual, USF outlasted Utah Valley State to win 2-0 at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. With only ten hits between both teams, the Dons (12-12) managed to push through two runs against a tough Wolverine (6-14) pitcher.
Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan started on the mound for USF and held the Wolverines at bay for seven innings, allowing only three hits, one walk and striking out five. The win brings McGuigan's totals to 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA. He has 37 strikeouts and only nine walks in 48.2 innings. Freshman Jeff Gordon earned his second save of the season, pitching 2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out one.
USF scored the only run they would need in the bottom of the fourth. Senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell singled to center before junior catcher Daniel Morales drove him in with his fifth double of the season. Sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky would solidify the lead in the seventh with his third homerun of the year, a blast over the left field fence. Junior designated hitter Blake Nelson stroked his first double of the year in the second. Adding a hit a piece were sophomore third baseman Joey Railey and senior short stop Andrew Smith. Smith also stole his first bag of the season.
Utah Valley State's senior left-hander Brett Guerrero made his first career start and went 7.1 innings, giving up the two USF runs (both earned) on six hits, and a walk. Guerrero also had three strikeouts on the day.
USF returns to action on Wednesday, March 22 at Benedetti Diamond. The finale with Utah Valley State begins at 2:00 PM.