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Diamond Dons Blast Thunderbirds 12-5 in True Home Opener

March 22, 2007

Final Stats

(San Francisco, CA) - San Francisco took the 12-5 win over Southern Utah Thursday afternoon in their first game at Benedetti Diamond this season. With the win, USF edges closer to the .500 mark at 11-12 and drops SUU to 3-23 on the year.

USF smashed 18 hits in the contest, including eight for extra bases. Freshman center fielder Bobby Ethel earned his first ever extra base hits as a Don with a leadoff triple in the second and a two RBI homerun in the fourth. Junior right fielder Luke Sommer smacked his third homerun in his last four games, a two-RBI shot to right in the fourth.

The Dons put up a two spot in the bottom of the first on a two-RBI single from junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky before the Thunderbirds tied it up in the next frame off an RBI single from Jacob Romney and a bases loaded suicide squeeze by Colby Ford. USF regained the lead with two more in the second when Ethel tripled to lead off the inning and scored on junior shortstop Tavo Hall's single. Hall scored four batters later off Bialosky's single to right.

USF put the game out of reach in the forth when they pushed seven runs across, four of which came with two outs. After Hall flied out to left, Railey was hit by a pitch and scored on senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble's triple to right. Sommer then homered to right, scoring two. An out later, senior catcher Blake Nelson singled to center and advanced to third on junior third baseman Brian Chavez's double to center. Freshman designated hitter Derek Poppert singled to left, scoring Nelson and Chavez. Ethel then smashed a two-run homer to left to cap the inning.

San Francisco added their final run in the sixth. Nelson doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Chavez's second double of the day.

SUU tried to mount a comeback, plating one in the sixth and two in the seventh, but didn't make it.

Senior Jon Norfolk added two hits and sophomore Zach Kim had one.

Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth (4-3) earned the win for the Dons, throwing six solid innings and only allowing three runs (all earned) off six hits and three walks. Dufloth added five strikeouts. Junior left-hander Matt Baugh (one hit and one strikeout), freshman right-hander Alex Kalogrides (one hit), and junior right-hander Brian Anderson each threw one inning of relief. Anderson allowed the Thunderbirds final two runs off three hits and struck out one.

Dustin Wittwer (1-5) took the loss for SUU, pitching in relief of starter Chase Hudson. Wittwer threw three innings, allowing seven earned runs off seven hits, a walk and a strikeout. Hudson threw one-plus innings, allowing four earned runs off six hits and a walk.

USF returns to action tomorrow in game two of the three game series with Southern Utah. Game time has been changed from 2:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Benedetti Diamond.