April 15, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - USF continued their offensive onslaught on Saturday as they defeated the University of Portland 14-7 at Benedetti Diamond in West Coast Conference Action. The 14 runs are the most scored by the Dons (23-15, 6-3 WCC) in a game this season, and the win over the Pilots (12-23, 2-7 WCC) marks USF's seventh consecutive series victory and 18th win in their last 22 games.
Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan (9-1) earned the win, throwing six innings, allowing five runs (only one earned) on ten hits, with three strikeouts and one walk. The win moves him into third place on the season victories chart, one behind Nick Pereira who had ten wins in 2005. With the three strikeouts, McGuigan's career total is 157, which moves him into a ninth place tie with Greg Sinclair (1968-69). Before the senior gave up a run in the second, he had pitched 12 scoreless innings, dating back to April 2, when he defeated Santa Clara 6-2 and including a 2-0 shutout victory over Pepperdine on April 9.
After a two run first, USF had a big second inning, pushing six runs across. With the bases loaded and one out, junior left-fielder Scott Cousins singled to center, driving in two runs. Senior short-stop Andrew Smith, who earlier had singled, scored on a fielder's choice and an error after senior right-fielder Stefan Gartrell hit a solid shot to short. Cousins' then scored on junior catcher John Norfolk's sacrifice. The final two runs of the inning crossed the plate after junior center fielder Lucas DeLong smashed a two-RBI triple to deep center field. The Dons added one run in both the third and fourth innings, and two each in the fifth and sixth.
USF smashed 14 hits on the day, with 11 players getting in on the action. Norfolk was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, Cousins went 2-for-3 with three RBI, scored a run and stole his team leading 14th base. Gartrell stroked his third homerun of the year, a two-run shot to center in the fifth. The senior had four RBI's and scored three runs. Sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer was 1-for-2 with his ninth double of the year. Also adding hits on Saturday were Smith, DeLong, sophomore third baseman Joey Railey, junior Daniel Morales, senior infielder Jacob Abramson, junior designated hitter Chris Bacigalupi, and sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky.
Portland didn't make much noise, scoring only one run through the first five innings. But they plated four in the top of the sixth off four hits and a Don error. The Pilots added single runs in the seventh and the ninth. Senior first-baseman Matthew Peters was 4-for-5 with a homerun, junior center-fielder Justin Ehlers went 3-for-4 with a homerun, senior right-fielder Travis Vetters was 2-for-4 with a homerun, and sophomore infielder Pat Geraghty added a homerun.
Junior right-hander Josh Roberts (2-5) took the loss for Portland, throwing two innings, allowing nine runs (six earned), on seven hits and three walks.
USF returns to action on Monday, April 17 versus Stanford at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto at 5:00 P.M. The game is a make-up from the previously scheduled meeting that was rained out last week.