April 14, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - USF took advantage of their base runners in Friday's game as they beat the University of Portland 10-5 in West Coast Conference action at Benedetti Diamond. The Dons (22-15, 5-3 WCC) won for the 17th time in their last 21 games, and tie up the series with the Pilots (12-22, 2-6 WCC) at one a peice.
USF took a big lead in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs, and never relinquished it. Junior first-baseman Chris Bacigalupi walked, advanced to second on an error, and scored when junior catcher Daniel Morales singled to third. Junior designated hitter Blake Nelson, who reached on an error, scored when both junior center-fielder Lucas DeLong and freshman second baseman George Lujan were hit by pitches. Morales crossed the plate after sophomore third-baseman Joey Railey grounded out to first, and both hit batsmen came around to score on senior shortstop Andrew Smith's single up the middle.
Bacigalupi hit his first homerun as a Don in the third inning, a moon-shot over the left-field fence to make it 6-0. Nelson scored his second run of the game on a DeLong single through the left-side.
Portland took those two runs back in the fourth, scoring two runs on three hits, but USF added three more before the night was through.
Nelson crossed the plate again in the fifth on a DeLong single to center. USF capped their scoring in the sixth with junior left-fielder Scott Cousins two-run homerun - his second of the year - to right that hit off the top of the scoreboard. Smith also scored on the hit.
DeLong went 3-for-3 on the day, with two RBI and a run scored. Smith was 3-for-5, also with 2 RBI and a run scored. Nelson and Bacigalupi each had two hits, both stroking a double and Bacigalupi adding the homerun. Cousins, Morales, and Lujan each had one hit in the game.
Sophomore right-hander Aaron Poreda (3-4) earned the win, throwing seven strong innings, allowing four runs (all earned) off seven hits with seven strikeouts and only one walk.
Portland's junior right-hander Sean Sargent (3-7) took the loss, going three innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) off five hits. At the plate, junior shortstop Jesse Rodgers was 3-for-4 and freshman catcher Paul Crowder hit a two-run homerun in the seventh.
USF and Portland conclude the series on Saturday, April 15 at Benedetti Diamond. The rubber match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M.