April 20, 2007
(Portland, OR) - USF took a 3-1 lead into the sixth, but could not hold on, dropping a 5-3 decision at Portland Friday afternoon in West Coast Conference action at Joe Etzel Field. The Dons (20-20, 3-7 WCC) got a pair of solo home runs and the offense recorded 10 hits, but the Pilots (16-20, 3-7 WCC) scored twice in the sixth and eighth inning for their second straight victory.
Senior catcher Jonathan Norfolk led off the second with a home run, his second, to left field to tie the score at 1-1. Junior shortstop Brian Chavez lashed a one out double to left in the fourth and scored on freshman infielder Derek Poppert's RBI double. The Dons jumped out to a 3-1 edge with Poppert's first home run as a Don with two outs and none on in the sixth.
Portland would answer with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to knot the score, courtesy of a one out solo homer by senior designated hitter James Allan and an RBI double from senior shortstop Jesse Rodgers. The Pilots tacked on two runs in the eighth. Sophomore infielder Chase Powell led off with a hit-by-pitch and scored on an RBI double from Allan, who would then score on two Dons throwing errors to stake Portland to a 5-3 lead.
It was enough for junior left-hander David Gruener (2-3), who went the distance for the Pilots, allowing three runs off 10 hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Junior left-hander Aaron Poreda (5-5) suffered the loss for USF, allowing four runs off eight hits in 7.0 innings with five strikeouts.
Norfolk and Chavez each finished with a pair of hits, while Poppert went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer and two RBI.
USF looks to bounce back in game two Saturday. First pitch time has been moved from 1:00 PM to noon, due to the threat of rain in the forecast. The Dons will send Jason Dufloth to the hill.