April 27, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - The University of San Francisco got a big win on Friday afternoon, defeating West Coast Conference foe Gonzaga 4-2 at Benedetti Diamond. The Bulldogs, currently third in the WCC, fall to 26-20, 9-4 WCC on the season, while USF returns to .500 at 22-22, 5-8 WCC.
Junior left-hander Aaron Poreda (6-5) threw a nine inning gem, allowing only two unearned runs off seven hits, one walk, and recorded six strikeouts. Poreda now leads the team with 57 strikeouts against only 12 walks.
Gonzaga's junior right-hander Brandon Harmon (6-6), who previously had thrown three consecutive complete games, only lasted seven innings, earning the loss. Harmon allowed four earned runs off 10 hits, a walk, and added two strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Matt Fields pitched a scoreless eighth.
USF smacked 10 hits in the contest with senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble overtaking 15th place on the Dons all-time hits chart. Knoble had three hits on the day, giving him 171 for his career. He needs just two more to tie Reggie Brown (1976-79) for 14th place. Knoble also added his team leading 18th stolen base.
Junior second baseman Joey Railey had two hits, an RBI and scored a run. Junior shortstop Brian Chavez added his team leading 13th double and an RBI. Senior catcher Jon Norfolk and junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky each doubled. Senior center fielder Lucas DeLong and freshman third baseman Derek Poppert singled in the contest. Junior right fielder Luke Sommer earned an RBI with his team leading fifth sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the second, USF started the scoring. Norfolk doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Chavez's double to left center.
The next half inning, Gonzaga plated two on a controversial and questionable homerun call. With a runner on and one out, sophomore first baseman Ryan Wiegand hit a line shot to right field. What looked like a foul ball, or at the very least a single, was ruled a homerun as the ball bounced off the foul pole straight at Dons right fielder Sommer.
The Dons would not let that affect them as they scored two of their own in the fifth and one more in the sixth. In the fifth with two outs, DeLong singled through the left side and advanced to second on a balk. Railey doubled to left, scoring DeLong. Knoble then singled to center, scoring Railey. In the sixth, Bialosky led off the inning with a double to left that bounced in and out of the ivy on the tall fence. Bialosky advanced on Norfolk's ground out and scored on Sommer's sacrifice fly to left.
USF continues WCC action with Gonzaga tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.