March 23, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - San Francisco pitchers held Southern Utah (3-24) to only three hits in a 7-0 drubbing of the Thunderbirds at Benedetti Diamond on Friday afternoon. The Dons (12-12) smacked 18 hits, their third consecutive game with double figures.
Junior right fielder Luke Sommer continued to stay hot at the plate, with his team leading fifth homerun, and second in as many games. Sommer also added a single, three RBI and a stolen base.
USF plated two in the first to take an early lead that it would not relinquish. Junior second baseman Joey Railey walked to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third on senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble's bunt single. Sommer singled to center, scoring both Railey and Knoble. The Dons added another in the second when junior shortstop Brian Chavez doubled to left and scored two outs later on Railey's single to center.
The Dons broke it open in the fifth, plating four. Sommer led off the inning with a solo shot to left. Run two crossed on three consecutive singles by freshman third baseman Derek Poppert, senior designated hitter Blake Nelson, and Chavez. Senior catcher Jon Norfolk then added an RBI single to left. An out later, Railey singled to center, scoring Chavez.
Junior left-hander Aaron Poreda (4-2) threw six shutout innings, only allowing three hits and a walk while striking out a season high eight batters. Senior right-hander John Quine, senior right-hander Daniel Morales, and freshman right-hander Chase Tigert each threw one scoreless inning in relief. The Dons kept the Thunderbirds out of scoring position, only allowing one to reach second through the entire game.
Derek Job (0-5) earned the loss, allowing seven earned runs off seven hits and a walk in 4.1 innings of work. Job struck out five Dons.
Chester Wilson had two hits for SUU and Matthew Bezzant added the third Thunderbird hit in the game.
USF and SUU finish the three game series tomorrow. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.