April 21, 2006
(Spokane, WA) - USF baseball dropped the opener of its West Coast Conference series at Gonzaga in a 3-1 pitcher's duel Friday afternoon at Avista Stadium. The Dons (24-17, 6-4 WCC) managed just four hits against the Bulldogs (25-14, 6-4 WCC).
Junior left-hander Scott Cousins (3-2) pitched well for San Francisco but got little offensive help in the contest and allowed three runs (two earned) off eight hits in 7.1 innings to go along with five strikeouts.
Gonzaga scored two runs on solo home runs by sophomore infielder Darin Holcomb in the first and junior catcher Dustin Colclough in the third and that was all senior left-hander Patrick Donovan (6-3) would need. Donvan allowed just one run off four hits and struck out two. Brandon Harmon picked up his second save of the season.
USF scored its lone run of the game in the third. Sophomore outfielder Luke Sommer slammed his 11th double of the season down the right field line, was sacrificed to second by freshman infielder George Lujan and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore infielder Joey Railey.
Gonzaga stroked eight hits and added an important insurance run in the seventh. USF had the tying run at the plate with a runner on second base with two outs, but could not convert.
San Francisco takes on the Bulldogs in game two Saturday at Avista Stadium. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.