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USF Defeats No. 15 Oregon State 8-2

March 29, 2006

(San Bruno, CA) - In a game moved to Skyline College due to rain and poor field conditions, USF defeated No. 15 Oregon State 8-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The Dons (17-12) are on an offensive tear and drop the Beavers to 16-8 on the year.

Head coach Nino Giarratano earned his 200th career win at USF, and is just the fifth coach on the Hill Top to do so. Giarratano has 510 total wins after recording 310 wins in eight years as a junior college head coach at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Co. and Yavapai Community College in Prescott, AZ.

Senior Andrew Smith hit the first homerun of his career as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Senior Stefan Gartrell was 2-for-4 with a double, and junior Jon Norfolk also had two hits for the Dons. Sophomore Mitchell Bialosky slammed his fourth homerun of the season, a two-run shot.

On the mound, right-hander Brian Anderson earned the win and moves to 4-0 on the year. The sophomore allowed only two runs (both earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk in 7.2 innings. Sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich got the Dons out of a bases-loaded jam, relieving Anderson and promptly striking out a Beaver to end the threat, the only such threat Oregon State mustered all day.

USF returns to action this weekend when they begin West Coast Conference play at Santa Clara on Friday. Game time is set for 6:00 PM.