April 25, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - In the first annual Dante Benedetti Classic, USF came from behind to defeat Cal 7-6 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The Dons (26-18) swept the season series with the Golden Bears (19-21) 2-0.
Cal started the scoring in the first inning with a one-out three-run homerun by junior outfielder Brennan Boesch, and held the Dons to only one run through the first three innings.
In the fourth, the Dons took the lead, scoring four runs. Senior shortstop Andrew Smith singled to center and junior left-fielder Scott Cousins followed with a single to right. San Francisco native, senior right-fielder Stefan Gartrell singled to left to score Smith and move his team leading RBI total up to 46. An out later, junior catcher Daniel Morales pounded a shot out to the left field bleachers to make it 5-3.
Cal tied it in the fifth with a homerun by senior shortstop Craig Allen, and a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Josh Satin which scored junior left fielder Chris Errecart who had doubled and advanced to third on a ground ball out by Boesch.
Cousins put USF back in the lead in the bottom half of the inning with his third homerun of the year, a mammoth shot that cleared the right field wall.
The Bears tried to mount a comeback, tying the game in the ninth with consecutive doubles by Craig and Errecart, but sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich came in and retired the last batter of the inning. USF won the game on consecutive doubles of their own, as with one out, freshman second baseman George Lujan doubled to right and scored on sophomore third baseman Joey Railey's double to left.
USF managed ten hits in the contest. Cousins was 3-for-4 with a pair of singles and a homerun. Smith and Lujan each stroked two hits with Railey, Gartrell, and Morales adding one each.
Stipovich (2-1) earned the victory, facing only one batter in 0.1 innings of work. Sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson started the game, throwing 4.0 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on three hits, walking two and striking out two. Junior right-hander John Quine came on in relief of Anderson, and threw 4.2 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits and a walk.
Allen, Errecart, and Boesch had two hits for the Bears, with sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden and senior designated hitter Rob Nesbitt adding one each. Senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett (0-2) got the loss, throwing 1.2 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, no walks and struck out two Dons.
USF returns to West Coast Conference action this Friday versus San Diego at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 3:00 PM.
First Pitch Ceremony: San Francisco Mayor Gavin NewsomeFirst Pitch Ceremony No. 2: Sandra (Benedetti) Luna & Claudia Benedetti
Today's inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic between California and the University of San Francisco is the first collegiate game played at AT&T Park. The contest celebrates the legacy of a giant in San Francisco youth and collegiate baseball. Benedetti, who coached USF for 16 years for an annual salary of one dollar passed away in November of 2005 at the age of 86 after a long illness.