April 17, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - The University of San Francisco blasted the University of Reno 17-2 in non-conference action at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. The 17 runs were the highest total for the Dons (20-19) all season, and most since a 15 run out break against Cal (2/13). The last time USF hosted the Wolf Pack (2/13) at Benedetti Diamond was 1991 for a three game series in which the Dons took 2-of-3.
USF smacked 13 hits in the game, including five doubles and two homeruns, off of nine Wolf Pack pitchers.
After each team put up two runs through three and a half, USF broke it open and never looked back. In the bottom of the fourth, the Dons plated two before Sr. left fielder Jonnie Knoble doubled to left, scoring two more. USF scored three more in the sixth to make it 9-2. Jr. second baseman Joey Railey doubled home Sr. center fielder Lucas DeLong, who had walked and advanced to third on a throwing error. Knoble singled, putting runners on the corners and Railey scored on Jr. right fielder Luke Sommer's sacrifice fly to center. Knoble then scored on Jr. first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's sacrifice fly.
USF put the game completely out of reach for the Pack when they plated eight runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by Sommer's grand slam and Sr. catcher Blake Nelson's two-run shot to left. Sr. Chris Bacigalupi walked to start the inning, and quickly came around to score on Nelson's homer. Then after a strikeout, the bases were loaded on an error and two walks. Railey hit an RBI single and So. pinch hitter Zach Kim walked, making it 13-2 before Sommer came to the plate. The Canby, OR native then smashed the ball on a line over the right field fence for his sixth homerun of the season, and his first career grand slam.
Sommer finished the day 1-for-3 with five RBI. Railey and Knoble were each 2-for-4 with two RBI. Railey scored four times and stole his 13th base, while Knoble stole his team leading 17th base. Kim, Bialosky, Bacigalupi, Nelson, DeLong, Sr. Daniel Morales, Sr. Jonathan Norfolk, and Jr. Brian Chavez each had one hit in the game.
Jr. LHP Matt Baugh (2-2) earned the win in relief, allowing one earned run off five hits, two walks, and struck out three in 5.0 innings. Fr. RHP Alex Kalogrides started the game, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing one earned run off two hits and struck out one. Jr. RHP Brian Anderson threw the final two innings, only giving up one hit, two walks and struck out two.
Nevada's Jr. RHP Ben Colton (1-2) started for the Wolf Pack and earned the loss, allowing four earned runs off four hits and three walks in 3.0 innings of work. Senior Chris Siewart led the Pack with two hits, including a homerun.
USF returns to action Friday at Portland for a three-game West Coast Conference series. First pitch against the Pilots is set for 3:00 PM.