April 13, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - A four-run ninth inning made for an exciting ending to an otherwise unspectacular West Coast Conference match-up between the University of San Francisco (18-18, 2-5 WCC) and No. 7 Pepperdine (27-10, 7-0 WCC) at Benedetti Diamond on Friday afternoon. USF fell to the Waves 10-4 in the first meeting between the two teams since last season's WCC Championship Series.
Trailing 10-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, Sr. pinch hitter Chris Bacigalupi smacked a lead-off homerun over the tall left field fence to eliminate a Pepperdine shutout. So. pinch-hitter Zack Kim singled to center and advanced to third on Sr. OF Lucas DeLong's single up the middle. Fr. INF Derek Poppert, who replaced an injured Tavo Hall in the eighth, singled to right, scoring Kim. DeLong and Poppert then scored on Jr. INF Joey Railey's double through the right side.
Waves Jr. RHP Barry Enright (9-1) was nearly untouchable in his start, scattering five hits and not allowing a run in 8.0 innings of work. Enright struck out seven Dons, while only walking one. All four Dons runs came off Jr. RHP Nick Gaudi who gave up five hits, no walks, and struck out one.
Dons starter, Jr. LHP Aaron Poreda, (5-4) didn't fare as well in his 8.0 innings of work, allowing six runs (five earned) off 10 hits. Poreda struck out five and didn't allow a walk. Fr. RHP Chase Tigert gave up Pepperdine's final four runs in 0.2 innings off two hits, three walks, and recorded a strikeout.
USF did manage 10 hits to the Waves 13 in the contest. Railey, Jr. INF Mitchell Bialosky, and Jr. INF Brian Chavez doubled and Jr. OF Luke Sommer led all Dons with two hits. Kim, Poppert, DeLong, and Fr. OF Bobby Ethel all added singles.
Game two of the three game series is set for 1:00 PM tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond.