March 30, 2007
(Los Angeles) - USF opened defense of its West Coast Conference title with a 10-4 victory at Loyola Marymount Friday afternoon at Page Stadium. The Dons (15-13, 1-0 WCC) collected their ninth road win of the season and dispatched the Lions (11-18-1, 0-1 WCC) for the seventh straight time.
Junior left-hander Aaron Poreda (5-2) posted the victory for San Francisco, allowing four runs (three earned) off 10 hits in 8.0 innings and recorded one strikeout. The win was the 16th career for Poreda, who moves into a share of fourth place on the Dons career victory list.
USF's offense did its job, collecting 10 hits for the seventh consecutive game. Junior infielder Mitchell Bialosky went 2-for-4 with three RBI, while senior catcher Jonathan Norfolk went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Junior infielder Brian Chavez also added a pair of hits, including a double off the wall in left for the Dons. Junior infielder Joey Railey tallied two hits and scored a pair.
San Francisco ran wild on the bases, recording five on the day with three from senior outfielder Jonnie Knoble, who reached base five times without putting the ball in play. Knoble walked three times and was hit twice and scored three runs.
LMU opened the scoring with two runs in the third inning and the Dons countered in the third, plating a run on sacrifice fly from Bialosky, scoring Knoble, who reached on a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a fly out. After the Lions scored once in the third to take a 3-1 lead, the Dons sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring five runs.
Chavez singled and later scored on a wild pitch, Railey slapped an RBI single to left, Hall reached on a fielder's choice and scored on another wild pitch and Bialosky capped the inning with a two-run single to stake the Dons to a 6-3 lead. USF added two more in the seventh on a two-run single by Norfolk.
LMU scored once in the eighth on a solo home run by Justin Bunkis to make the score 8-4. San Francisco tallied two more in the ninth on a wild pitch and an RBI double from pinch-hitter Zach Kim.
Senior right-hander Daniel Morales closed out the game for the Dons, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth with a strikeout to end the contest. Sophomore left-hander Brian Wilson (2-3) suffered the loss for LMU, allowing six runs off four hits in 4.1 innings with two strikeouts.
USF takes on the Lions in game two of the series Saturday. First pitch is set for 2:00 PM at Page Stadium.