April 10, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - San Francisco saw great team pitching as the Dons defeated Sacramento State 8-1 in non-conference action at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. Both teams smacked 13 hits and USF (18-17) is now 5-0 over the Hornets (10-23) in 2007.
Freshman right-hander Alex Kalogrides (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, throwing 4.0 innings of shutout baseball, only allowing five hits and adding a strikeout. Junior left-hander Matt Baugh had the best outing of his career on the Hill Top, throwing 3.0 innings of relief with one earned run off four hits. Baugh struck out a career high eight hornets.
USF scored right out of the gate, putting up four runs in the bottom of the first. Junior Joey Railey singled, stole second and advanced to third on senior Jonnie Knoble's single to center. An out later, senior Jon Norfolk hit his first homerun of the year, a three-run shot to right. Senior Blake Nelson doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored when freshman Derek Poppert reached on an error.
After three consecutive walks to Knoble, junior Mitchell Bialosky, and Norfolk in the third, Nelson fouled out deep in left to score Knoble. In the fourth, junior Tavo Hall singled and stole two bags before scoring on a single up the middle from sophomore Zach Kim. After a balk and a steal, Kim scored on Bialosky's single to center to make it 7-0 Dons.
Sac State would score its only run in the fifth. With one out, junior Taylor Watanabe reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Nelson. He scored on a double to left by senior Montana Dye. USF answered back with a run in the sixth when freshman Bobby Ethel homered to left.
Freshman right-hander Paul Jinkins (0-1) earned the loss for Sac State, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) off four hits. Junior David Flores led all Hornets with three hits. Watanabe, freshman Tim Wheeler, and junior Wes Oberlin had two hits a piece.
USF returns to Benedetti Diamond this Friday in a West Coast Conference match-up of Co-Defending Champs. First pitch against No. 5 Pepperdine is set for 3:00 PM.