March 25, 2006
(Tulsa, OK) - USF earned their fourth consecutive series win as they won both games of a double-header with Oral Roberts on Saturday. The Dons (15-12) took game one 5-3, and defeated the Golden Eagles (10-10) in game two 2-1.
Junior left-hander Scott Cousins made his third start of the year, earning his first win as he went seven innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts. Junior right-hander John Quine got his second save of the season, pitching two scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit and striking out a batter.
USF started the scoring in the second inning and never relinquished the lead. Two runs crossed the plate on an RBI single by sophomore left fielder Luke Sommer and an RBI walk from sophomore third baseman Joey Railey. They added three more in the fifth off of two singles, a double, and a walk.
Junior right-hander Aaron Poreda was the star of the night cap as he threw a full nine innings, allowing only one run (earned) on five hits and struck out nine Golden Eagles. The nine strikeouts are a season high for Poreda, who is now 2-3 with a miniscule 1.48 ERA in 48.2 innings. So far this season he has a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio with 34 strikeouts to only 10 walks.
USF fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but tied the game in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Cousins singled to center and advanced to second on a balk, and then Gartrell singled him home. The Dons took the lead in the ninth on freshman second baseman Zach Kim's RBI single up the middle.
Kim had two hits in the contest, with Gartrell, Cousins, Railey, Smith, and junior center fielder Lucas DeLong each adding one.
USF returns to action Sunday for the finale of the three game series with Oral Roberts. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM.