April 1, 2006
USF Baseball Splits Double-Header With Santa ClaraScott Cousins Earned a Complete Game Win in Game One
(Santa Clara, CA) - After a rained out game on Friday night, USF baseball began the West Coast Conference season with a double-header Saturday afternoon at Schott Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University. The Dons (18-13) took game one 6-2, but the Broncos (17-12) fought back to win game two 4-3.
Junior left-hander Scott Cousins, in just his fourth start, threw a 122-pitch complete game against the Broncos, holding them to just two runs (both earned) off eight hits with seven strikeouts and only one walk in the 6-2 win.
At the plate, senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell brought his hit streak to 10 games as he went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Cousins also helped at the plate with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Junior center fielder Lucas DeLong and sophomore third baseman Joey Railey each added doubles. Senior short stop Andrew Smith and sophomore left fielder Luke Sommer also had hits in game one.
Santa Clara held a 3-0 lead going into the seventh when the Dons tied it up after freshman second baseman Zach Kim hit an RBI single to right and DeLong hit a mammoth two-run shot over the left-centerfield fence. But the Broncos came back in the bottom of the ninth, winning the game 4-3 on a one-out bases-loaded walk and ending USF's win streak at seven games.
Railey padded his team leading hits total, going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases. Cousins also added a hit and a stolen base.
Sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda got a no-decision after throwing 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) off four hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
USF concludes the three-game series with Santa Clara at Schott Stadium on Sunday at noon.