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Diamond Dons Fall to Portland 3-2

April 13, 2006

Final Stats

(San Francisco, CA) - Playing at Benedetti Diamond for the first time since March 22 didn't help USF as they fell to Portland 3-2 in West Coast Conference action on Friday afternoon. The Dons (21-15, 4-3 WCC) out-hit the Pilots (12-21, 2-5 WCC) 10-7, but failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position, leaving 12 runners on base.

Portland opened up the scoring in the fourth inning, plating two. With two outs, the Pilots' three-four-and-five hitters stroked three consecutive doubles off Dons junior left-handed starter Scott Cousins (3-1). Portland added an insurance run in the sixth after two Don errors and a fielder's choice.

USF scored one each in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth with one out, junior catcher Jonathan Norfolk beat out an infield single to second base and advanced to second after sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky was hit by a pitch. Norfolk scored on a double to left field by junior center-fielder Lucas DeLong.

In the seventh, sophomore infielder Joey Railey singled to left and advanced to second after Pilot second baseman Sean Nicol bobbled a grounder from the bat of Don senior shortstop Andrew Smith. An out later, senior right-fielder Stefan Gartrell singled to center, scoring Railey.

On the day, Railey and Norfolk were both 2-for-5 with runs scored, and Gartrell was also 2-for-5 with an RBI. DeLong added a double and an RBI. Sophomore left-fielder Luke Sommer doubled in the second. Smith added a single, and freshman infielder George Lujan smacked his second career hit in the third.

Don starter Cousins threw seven innings, allowing only three runs (two earned) off five hits and struck out four while not allowing a free pass. Junior right-hander John Quine finished the game, going two scoreless innings, striking out three and only giving up two hits.

Portland starter, sophomore left-hander Ari Ronick (3-3), threw six innings, allowing two runs (both earned) off eight hits, three walks, and struck out seven Dons. Junior right-hander Austin Dirks earned his seventh save, pitching three innings of scoreless ball, allowing only two hits and striking out three.

Six Pilots had hits in the game, with senior first baseman Matthew Peters stroking two, including a double. He also scored a run and had two RBI.

USF and Portland meet for game two of the three-game WCC series at Benedetti Diamond on Friday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:00 P.M.