April 7, 2006
(Malibu, CA) - USF baseball continued its hot play with a 6-3 West Coast Conference victory against Pepperdine Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium behind another strong start from junior left-hander Scott Cousins (3-0). The Dons (20-13, 3-1 WCC) win for the 15th time in their last 17 games against the Waves (20-14, 1-3 WCC) and improve to 2-0 versus top-25 opponents this season.
San Francisco did the bulk of the damage in the second inning with a four-run outburst. Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell slapped a double down the left field line, followed by a double, while sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer singled to give the Dons runners at the corners. Junior catcher Jonathan Norfolk responded with an RBI single to right. Sophomore infielder Mitchell Bialosky earned a walk to load the bases against senior Pepperdine southpaw ace Paul Coleman (4-3). Junior outfielder Lucas DeLong slammed a two-run double to center and a sacrifice fly from sophomore infielder Joey Railey staked USF to a 4-0 lead.
As it turned out that would be enough for Cousins who continued to impress, allowing three runs (one earned) off seven hits in 8.0 innings and struck out six and allowed just one walk. Sophomore Brian Anderson collected his first career save, allowing just one hit in the ninth. Coleman suffered the loss for the Waves, allowing four runs off five hits and struck out five in 5.1 innings.
Pepperdine's only scoring inning came in a three-run third fueled largely by two Dons errors in the frame. David Uribes went 3-for-4 for Pepperdine, while Nicke Kliebert and Chase d'Arnaud added a pair of hits. USF held a 10-8 hit advantage in the contest.
Railey finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI, Gartrell ended his day 2-for-5 with a double and RBI. DeLong added a 2-for-4 day with a double and a pair of RBI, while Bialosky finished 2-for-3.
USF takes on Pepperdine in game two of the WCC series Saturday. First pitch is slated for 1:00 PM at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
NOTES: USF defeated No. 12 Oregon State 6-2 March 29... the Dons have improve to 12-11 on the road this season and have won 8-of-10 on the road since falling at Fresno State March 8... San Francisco has not played a home game at Benedetti Diamond since March 22 and have played just six home games since February 14.