March 31, 2007
(Los Angeles) - USF Baseball rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the score at 3-3, but Loyola Marymount used a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame to secure a 4-3 victory in West Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon at Page Stadium. The Dons (15-14, 1-1 WCC) collected 12 hits in their eighth straight game with at least 10, but the Lions (12-19-1, 1-1 WCC) capitalized on their opportunities.
Senior catcher Jonathan Norfolk went 3-for-3 with an RBI double, while senior outfielder Jonnie Knoble added a 2-for-4 day with an RBI. Junior outfielder Luke Sommer tallied a two hit day with an RBI and junior infielder Brian Chavez finished 2-for-4 on the day.
USF trailed 3-1 heading into the ninth inning as Chavez led off the inning with a single, followed by a single from junior pinch-hitter Zach Kim to give the Dons runners at first and second with no outs. After a failed sacrifice, Knoble followed with an RBI single and Sommer added an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3.
T.J. Bernardy led off the bottom with a double to left, advanced to third on the third balk called on USF pitchers in the contest and scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Lions the win, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Green and Gold.
San Francisco got a solid start from senior right-hander Jason Dufloth, who tossed 5.2 innings allowing three runs off six hits and struck out one. After LMU struck for a pair in the first, scoring on a balk and a controversial RBI bunt single from Angelo Songco, who reached base despite appearing to step out of the baseline.
Senior right-handed reliever John Quine (2-2) entered the game with two outs and a runner on second in the sixth and promptly hit the first two batters he faced to load the bases, followed by an RBI single to give LMU a 3-1 edge. Quine surrendered the loss allowing one run off four hits, hit two and issued a balk in 2.2 innings.
Junior right-hander Brad Meyers pitched a strong game for the Lions, allowing three runs off 12 hits and struck out six. Nathan Keadle (2-1) collected the win, striking out the only batter he faced in the ninth.
San Francisco returns for the rubber match Sunday. First pitch against the Lions is set for 1:00 PM at Page Stadium.