April 9, 2006
(Malibu, CA) - USF got a dazzling pitching performance from senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan (8-1) who tossed a complete game 2-0 shutout at No. 22 Pepperdine Sunday at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Dons (21-14, 4-2 WCC) win an extremely rare road series in Malibu against the Waves (21-15, 2-4 WCC) and have now won 16 of their last 19 games while claiming six consecutive series wins, four coming on the road.
McGuigan won his 18th career game to move into sole possession of second place on the USF all-time wins list after entering the game tied with Jerry Eilers (1962-64). McGuigan hurled his third complete game of the season, allowing just six hits - only one for extra bases - to go along with three strikeouts and did not issue a free pass.
USF gave its ace all he would need in the two-run third inning. Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey walked and advanced to second on senior shortstop Andrew Smith's sacrifice bunt. An out later, senior right-fielder Stefan Gartrell singled in Railey for his 30th RBI of the season. Junior designated hitter Blake Nelson singled Gartrell to second, who scored on junior catcher Jon Norfolk's single up the middle.
For the day, the Dons had 13 hits. Smith, Nelson, Norfolk, junior left-fielder Scott Cousins, and sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky each had two hits in the game. Gartrell, junior center fielder Lucas DeLong (double) and freshman second baseman George Lujan added one hit apiece.
All of USF's runs came off Waves starting pitcher Bryce Stowell (1-1). First baseman Nick Kliebert had two hits for Pepperdine and catcher Chad Tracy had the only extra base hit for the Waves, a double.
USF meets Stanford on Tuesday, April 11 in Palo Alto at 6:00 PM before returning to West Coast Conference action on Friday at Benedetti Diamond versus Portland.