April 2, 2006
(Santa Clara, CA) - Dormant for the first six innings, USF's offense rallied late to send the Dons to a 6-2 West Coast Conference victory at Santa Clara Sunday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium and helped senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan reach a personal milestone in the process. San Francisco (19-13, 2-1 WCC) won for the 14th time in its last 16 games, secured its fifth straight series win and collected its third consecutive series victory against the Broncos (17-13, 1-2 WCC).
McGuigan (7-1) tossed another gem for USF, allowing two runs (one earned) off 10 hits in seven innings with a pair of strikeouts and did not walk a batter in collecting his 17th career victory, good for a share of second place on the all-time program wins list. McGuigan matches Jerry Eilers (1962-64) on the leader board.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh, San Francisco capitalized on the Broncos bullpen. Junior catcher Jonathan Norfolk earned a leadoff walk, followed by an RBI double to left center from freshman infielder Zach Kim, who advanced to third on a wild pitch. USF knotted the contest at 2-2 with an RBI single from junior outfielder Lucas DeLong.
San Francisco was not done, erupting for three more in the eighth. Junior outfielder Scott Cousins drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on an double down the left field line from senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell. An RBI single from junior designated hitter Blake Nelson gave the Dons the first lead and a two-run single from Kim staked USF to a 5-2 lead.
Junior left-hander Cole Stipovich collected his first career save, allowing just one hit in 2.0 innings of scoreless relief. USF enjoyed little success against Bronco sophomore left-handed starter Matt Wickswat, managing just three hits in 5.1 innings. The Dons managed to elevate his pitch count and capitalized on a shack bullpen that allowed six runs off six hits and walked three without collecting a strikeout. Daniel Demarco (5-2) suffered the loss in relief, allowing one run off one hit.
Gartrell finished 2-for-4 with his team-leading ninth double of the season, while Kim also finished with a pair of base hits and a team-high three RBI.
San Francisco returns to WCC action when it travels to Malibu for a three-game set at Pepperdine beginning Friday, April 7. First pitch against the Waves is set for 3:00 PM at Eddy D. Field Stadium.