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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 22, 2007

San Francisco - 12
Southern Utah - 5

San Francisco, Calif. - 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.

Dallas Baptist - 13
Portland - 2

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Dallas Baptist Patriots topped the Portland Pilots 13-2 in a non-conference baseball game Thursday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field. The Pilots avoided the shutout with a two-run single by sophomore catcher Paul Crowder in the ninth inning.

Portland falls to 10-11 on the season, while Dallas Baptist improves to 14-11.

DBU starter Jordan Meaker held the Pilots scoreless on five hits in 8.0 innings of work. Meaker struck out seven and only walked two.

Reliever Tyson Bagley pitched the ninth and allowed Portland's two runs. After retiring the first two Portland hitters, Bagley walked three straight batters. Crowder followed with an RBI single to left field. Bagley then induced a game-ending fly out from freshman third baseman Clayton Shaw.

Portland starter David Gruener (0-2) pitched three scoreless innings before the Patriots finally broke through with two runs in the fourth. With two outs, Gruener surrendered a two-run double to Nick Santos.

The Patriots touched Gruener for four more in the top of the fifth inning. For the second straight inning, DBU scored its runs with two outs. Matt Tucker knocked in two runs during the rally.

The Patriots tallied four more in the sixth, fueled by a lead-off home run by Trevor Head.

Gruener lasted 5.1 innings in the loss. Junior Brian Yoakum pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, senior reliever Brian Cox allowed three runs in the eighth and junior reliever Pat Geraghty pitched a scoreless ninth.

Dallas Baptist outhit Portland 15-6. Austin Krum was 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored, Austin Knight knocked in three runs and Tucker, Santos and J.T. Bloodworth each drove in two.

The Pilots and Patriots next play a doubleheader on Friday at Joe Etzel Field beginning at 12:00 p.m. Saturday's game was moved up to Friday due to potential inclement weather.