March 24, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - San Francisco completed the three game sweep of Southern Utah (3-25) with a 13-5 thrashing of the Thunderbirds at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday afternoon. The Dons (13-12) earned 16 hits in the game, their fourth consecutive with double figures, and eight Dons hit doubles in the contest.
Seniors Chris Bacigalupi, Jon Norfolk, Daniel Morales, and Lucas DeLong, juniors Joey Railey, Mitchell Bialosky, and Tavo Hall, and sophomore George Lujan all doubled for the Dons. Seniors Jonnie Knoble and Blake Nelson, junior Brian Chavez, and sophomore Zach Kim also added hits for USF.
With no score through two and a half innings, USF plated one in the bottom of the third when Knoble was hit by a pitch, stole second, reached third on a passed ball, and scored when SUU's shortstop Jerahmie Libke made an errant throw to first trying to put out a hustling Bialosky.
USF scored six in the fifth. Bialosky doubled in Knoble and junior Luke Sommer who had singled and walked respectively. Nelson singled to put runners at second and third before Norfolk's RBI ground-rule double to center. Chavez singled and advanced to third on an error by left fielder Joe Wright, which scored Nelson and Norfolk. Chavez then scored on Hall's sacrifice fly to right field.
SUU ended their 14 inning scoring drought when they scored one in the sixth off a double, passed ball and a ground out. They would add four more in the seventh to make it a 7-5 ball game, but the Dons put it out of reach with three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In SUU's seventh, the Thunderbirds scored all four with two outs after three consecutive singles and a three run homerun by Chester Nelson.
Junior right-hander Tommy Peale (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, allowing one run (unearned) off four hits, a walk and three strikeouts in six innings. SUU's four run seventh came off senior left-handed reliever Cole Stipovich who pitched one inning, allowing four hits and a strikeout. Junior left-hander Matt Baugh and senior right-hander Brian Anderson each threw an inning of scoreless relief.
Mac Nelson (1-5) earned the loss for Southern Utah, going four innings, allowing seven runs (four earned) off eight hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
USF returns to action Monday, March 26 in Sacramento. First pitch against Sacramento State is set for 2:00 PM.