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USF Wins Second Annual Dante Benedetti Classic 6-2 Over Santa Clara

April 6, 2007

(San Francisco, CA) - The Dons like AT&T Park. After defeating Cal 4-3 in the 2006 Dante Benedetti Classic, USF (17-16, 2-3 WCC) returned to the home of the Giants and took a 6-2 win over West Coast Conference and Bay Area rival Santa Clara (16-17, 3-2 WCC) on Friday afternoon. The Dons out hit the Broncos 10-7, and have now had 10 or more hits in 17 games and nine of their last 13.

Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth (5-3) went the distance, earning his fifth win of the season in the longest outing of his career. Dufloth threw 115 pitches, only allowing two earned runs off seven hits and no walks, and recorded four strikeouts.

After Santa Clara scored a quick run in the first, USF tied it up in the bottom half. Junior second baseman Joey Railey singled up the middle and advanced to second on senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble's sacrifice bunt. An out later, junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky singled to center, scoring Railey.

USF would further its lead in the next frame. With one out, junior third baseman Brian Chavez singled to left and advanced to second after a failed pickoff attempt by SCU's starting pitcher, sophomore left-hander Matt Wickswat. Senior center fielder Lucas DeLong walked to put runners on first and second. After a fly out by junior shortstop Tavo Hall, Railey earned his second base hit of the day, scoring Chavez. After a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position, Knoble smacked a two-RBI single to center.

SCU cut the score in half in the third, plating one off of freshman catcher Tommy Medica's triple to center and an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Matt Long.

San Francisco added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth to secure the win. In the seventh, Knoble was hit by a pitch to start the inning, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Medica. After an intentional walk to Bialosky, senior catcher Jon Norfolk hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Knoble. In the eighth, Railey tripled to center and scored on Knoble's single to left.

Railey had three hits in the contest, giving him four in the two-year history of the game. Knoble had two hits, three RBI and stole his team leading 15th and 16th bases. Chavez had two hits also. Bialosky, Hall, and senior designated hitter Daniel Morales each had one hit on the day.

Wickswat (4-4) earned the loss for the Broncos, giving up four runs (one earned) off five hits, two walks and recorded three strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched. Freshman right-hander Steve Kalush threw the final 3.2 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) off five hits, a walk and added four strikeouts.

Medica, junior third baseman Gabe Alcantar, and senior second baseman David Hoffmire each had two hits for the Broncos.

USF and Santa Clara conclude the series tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond. The rubber match is set for 1:00 PM.

2007 DANTE BENEDETTI CLASSIC GAME NOTESAT&T PARK - SAN FRANCISCO

DIAMOND DONS UNBEATEN... AT AT&T PARK - USF won its second consecutive Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park with a 6-2 win against ancient West Coast Conference and Bay Area rival Santa Clara in game two of a three-game league set. The Dons defeated Cal 7-6 in the inaugural event last April 25.

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN - Sr. OF Jonnie stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Bronco C Tommy Medica in the second inning and accomplished the same feat in the seventh inning. Knoble leads the Dons and the West Coast Conference in stolen bases (16) and recorded his fourth game with at least two today against Santa Clara.

SERIES AGAINST SANTA CLARA EVEN - After dropping its first loss at Benedetti Diamond with a 4-3 setback Tuesday in the series opener against Santa Clara, the Dons broke through for a 6-2 win in game two at AT&T Park. The rubber match is set for a 1:00 start Saturday at Benedetti Diamond.

DONS AND BRONCOS: LONG AND ANCIENT RIVALRY - Today's meeting was the 212th meeting in the all-time series between USF and Santa Clara dating to the 1931 campaign.

DBC HITS KING - Jr. 2B Joey Railey went 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI and now owns the Dante Benedetti Classic hits record with four. Railey went 1-for-4 in the inaugural event driving in the winning run against Cal in the bottom of the ninth in the Dons 7-6 victory.

GOING THE DISTANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE GREEN AND GOLD - Sr. RHP Jason Dufloth improved to 5-3 on the season today against Santa Clara and tossed his first career complete game. Dufloth was dazzling, allowing two runs off seven hits and struck out four and did not walk a batter. After giving up one run on three hits in the third, Dufloth allowed just one hit the rest of the way. The Broncos managed just a fourth inning single by 2B David Hoffmire and CF Juan Parra reached on a three base throwing error. Dufloth threw 115 pitches, 78 for strikes.

ABOUT DANTE BENEDETTI - The Dante Benedetti Classic celebrates the legacy of a giant in San Francisco youth and collegiate baseball. Benedetti, who coached USF for 16 years for an annual salary of one dollar, passed away in November of 2005 at the age of 86 after a long illness. Benedetti (USF '42) is a USF Hall-of-Famer in two sports and was named a USF Legend of the Hilltop as one of the 75 most influential figures in USF athletics on the university's 150th anniversary in 2006. The 1971 WCC Coach of the Year, Benedetti ranks fifth in career coaching victories with 373.