April 28, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - USF defeated San Diego 4-0 on Friday in West Coast Conference action at Benedetti Diamond in a quick two hour and 23 minute game. The Dons (27-18, 8-5 WCC) have won two in a row and hand the Toreros (25-19, 7-6 WCC) their fourth straight loss.
Junior left-hander Scott Cousins did damage on both sides of the plate, throwing a complete game shutout and adding two hits. Cousins struck out seven batters and only allowed six hits and two walks, keeping the Toreros from crossing the plate. As a batter, Cousins was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Sophomore left fielder Luke Sommer was 2-for-4 and did the most damage in the bottom of the fourth as he stroked a one out bases loaded triple to right field to put the Dons on the board and give them a lead they would not relinquish. USF added their fourth and final run in the fifth when Cousins singled home sophomore third baseman Joey Railey who had walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Senior Andrew Smith went 2-for-3 on the day and scored a run. In the Don's last five games, Smith is batting .533 with eight hits, an RBI and four runs scored. Also adding a hit in the win was senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell.
For San Diego, sophomore center fielder Justin Snyder and junior second baseman Keoni Ruth had two hits and senior third baseman Ryan Lilly and junior shortstop Steve Singleton added one each. Freshman left-hander Brian Matusz (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits, with seven strikeouts and three walks in 6.2 innings.
USF and San Diego return to action for game two of the three game set at Benedetti Diamond, on Saturday at 1:00 PM.