March 30, 2007
LOS ANGELES - A five-run fifth inning for San Francisco (15-13, 1-0 WCC) erased a 3-1 LMU lead as the Dons went on to win the West Coast Conference opener 10-4 at Page Stadium Friday afternoon. The Lions (11-19-1, 0-1 WCC) out-hit San Francisco, but were not able to come back in the run column. The teams will meet for game two Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at LMU.
LMU starter Brian Wilson was solid early, holding San Francisco scoreless until the fourth inning when the Dons scored Jonnie Knoble on a sacrifice fly from Mitchell Bialosky.
But San Francisco got to Wilson in the fifth, as they pushed across five runs that were all charged to the Lions' sophomore. Wilson would suffer the loss, falling to 2-3 on the season.
While Wilson was working on the mound, the Lions offense was tacking up a few runs in early innings. The Lions went up 2-0 in the third when Farris scored on a throwing error by USF catcher Jonathan Norfolk and Michael Glomb scored on a fielder's choice from DeAndre Miller.
The Lions added another run in the fourth when Marty Mullins' single plated Elvis Herrera, who had drawn a leadoff walk from starter Aaron Poreda.
Poreda (5-2) went on to earn the win after working 8.0 innings, allowing the Lions' four runs on 10 hits. The win was the 16th of his career, placing the junior fourth all-time at USF in career victories.
After building a 6-3 advantage by the fifth inning, the Dons added another two in the top of the seventh on a two-out single by Norfolk.
Justin Bunkis hit his second home run in two weekends when he sent one over the fence in left center field in the eighth inning to make it 8-4.
But the Dons would get the last word in the ninth, scoring two after three hits and a wild pitch.
Glomb led the way offensively for the Lions, going 3-for-5. Bunkis and Songco had the other multiple-hit outings for LMU. LMU struck out just once Friday.
Bialosky finished 2-for-4 with three RBI for San Francisco.
The Lions and Dons continue the three-game WCC opening series Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. start.