April 2, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - The University of San Francisco's five run eighth inning put the game out of reach for Washington State University, as the Dons (16-15) defeated the Cougars 8-1 at Benedetti Diamond on Monday afternoon. The win for USF is the first in their last three tries against WSU (16-13).
Junior third baseman Brian Chavez hit his first career homerun and triple in a Dons uniform, while batting in a season high five runners. Freshman Bobby Ethel stole his first base on the Hill-Top. Junior second baseman Joey Railey had two hits and two RBI. Junior right fielder Luke Sommer, junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, and senior designated hitter Blake Nelson all doubled for USF.
Senior right-hander John Quine (3-2) earned the win for the Dons, throwing 5.0 innings in relief of freshman right-handed starter Chase Tigert. Quine didn't allow a Cougar run on three hits, a walk, and six strikeouts. Tigert threw 3.0 innings, only allowing one unearned run off one hit, two walks, and recorded two strikeouts. Senior right-hander Brian Anderson threw a scoreless ninth.
USF put up two in the second off Chavez's one out homer to right. Nelson, who had reached on a fielder's choic,e scored. WSU cut the lead to 2-1 in the third, but the Dons put the game away with a run in the seventh and five in the eighth.
Railey smacked a two-out double in the seventh to score Ethel who pinch ran for Nelson, stole second, and advanced to third on a passed ball. In the eighth, Sommer walked to lead off the inning and scored on Bialosky's double to center. Senior catcher Jon Norfolk was hit by a pitch and an out later Ethel walked to load the bases. Chavez then smoked a three-run triple to right-center to clear the bases. Railey singled to score Chavez to cap the scoring. Sommer, who had started the inning, ended the game on a fly out to left.
Junior left-hander Jayson Miller (2-1) earned the loss in relief for WSU, allowing three runs (one earned), off four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Sophomore right-handed starter Jeremy Johnson threw one scoreless inning. Sophomore right fielder Jared Prince had two hits for the Cougars.
USF returns to action on Thursday, April 4 at home against West Coast Conference and Bay Area rival Santa Clara at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch against the Broncos is set for 3:00 PM.
Friday, the Dons and Broncos will meet at AT&T Park for the Second Annual Dante Benedetti Classic at 11:30 AM. The game will precede a Giants/Dodgers game that evening. For tickets and information, please check our website at www.usfdons.com.