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USF Bounces Back, Takes 8-0 Victory Over Portland

April 22, 2007

Final Stats

(Portland, OR) - San Francisco played much better in their regularly scheduled contest with Portland (17-21, 4-8 WCC), pounding the Pilots 8-0 at Joe Etzel Field on Sunday afternoon. USF (21-21, 4-8 WCC) smacked 12 hits, including a homerun, and three Dons pitchers combined for the shutout.

Junior right-hander Tommy Peale (2-1) threw 7.0 strong innings in the win, only allowing five hits and striking out three Pilots. Freshman right-hander Chase Tigert and freshman right-hander Alex Kalogrides (two hits, one strikeout) threw the final two innings.

USF took an early lead in the first. Sophomore left fielder Zach Kim walked, advanced to third on senior first baseman Chris Bacigalupi's single to center, and scored on a wild pitch.

The Dons added three more in the third when Kim led of the inning with a single through the right side and advanced to third on junior right fielder Luke Sommer's single. Sommer then stole his eighth bag of the year to put runners on second and third. Bacigalupi loaded the bases after he was hit by a pitch. An out later, senior catcher Blake Nelson was hit by a pitch and Kim scored. Then freshman third baseman Derek Poppert singled up the middle scoring Sommer and Bacigalupi.

USF's final four runs came in the fourth. Senior center fielder Jonnie Knoble walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on junior second baseman Joey Railey's single up the middle. Kim moved them both a base further on his sacrifice bunt. Sommer then flied out to center, scoring Knoble. Bacigalupi singled, scoring Railey before senior designated hitter Daniel Morales homered to center.

After being one-hit in the previous game, the bats returned for the Dons. Poppert was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Sommer was 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Bacigalupi went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Morales added his fourth homerun of the year. Railey, Kim, Nelson, Knoble, and junior Matt Lieb all singled on the day.

Portland starter, senior right-hander Sean Sargent (1-5), took the loss, allowing four earned runs off five hits, a walk and a strikeout in 2.1 innings. USF's final four runs (all earned) came off freshman left-hander Ed Wakefield off three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings of relief.