April 17, 2006
(Palo Alto, CA) - In a game previously scheduled for last week, USF and Stanford finally met on Sunken Diamond Tuesday afternoon, with San Francisco getting the 9-4 win. The Dons (24-15) win their third straight, giving the Cardinal (15-15) their fourth straight loss.
USF struck early, very early. Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey scored the first run of the game in his very first at bat, as he homered to right. Stanford tied it in the second and took a two-run lead in the fifth. It wouldn't last, as the Dons scored eight unanswered runs through the last four innings.
Junior outfielder Scott Cousins was the star of the day, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI, two runs scored and stole his team leading 15th and 16th bases. Railey was 2-for-6 with his first inning homerun; senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, and sophomore first-baseman Mitchell Bialsoky also added two hits. Junior Jon Norfolk added a pinch-hit double and sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer doubled and scored two runs. Senior shortstop Andrew Smith added his seventh stolen base.
Sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich (1-1) earned the win in relief of starting pitcher, sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson. Stipovich threw three innings of four hit ball, only allowing one run (earned) while striking out two and walking one. Sophomore right-hander John Quine earned his third save of the year, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, walking two and striking out one.
USF returns to action Tuesday, April 18 in a non-conference meeting with San Jose State at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Game time is set for 6:00 PM.