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Dons Claim Three-Game Series with 5-0 Win

April 29, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The University of San Francisco recorded a 5-0 shutout win against the 24th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team Saturday afternoon in a West Coast Conference game.

With the loss, the Toreros fall to 25-20 overall and 7-7 in the WCC, and have now lost five consecutive games. With the win the Dons improve to 28-19 overall and move to 9-5 in the WCC and claim the three game series with the Toreros.

The Dons broke open the scoreless contest in the sixth inning as they scored four runs on five hits. The Dons' runs came by way of a Scott Cousins RBI single, a Stefan Gartrell RBI fielder's choice, a Like Sommer run-scoring double and a Mitchel Bialosky RBI single. USF would add one run in the seventh inning to round out the scoring for the day.

The Toreros twice got a runner to third base, but were unable to push across a run. USD's first scoring opportunity came in the fourth inning when Kevin Hansen led off the inning with a single through the left side. Steve Singleton moved Hansen one base on a sacrifice bunt and Keoni Ruth moved Hansen to third on a ground out to second base, but USD could not bring home Hansen.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, USD head coach Rich Hill came out of the dougout to argue a questionable call by the first base umpire, and after a several minute discussion, Hill was ejected from the game.

Offensively for USD, Hansen led the way going 2-for-4. Logan Gelbrich and Justin Snyder were the other Toreros to record a hit on the day.

Josh Butler (8-5) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits in 5.2 innings of work. Aaron Poreda (4-2) picks up the win for the Dons allowing no runs on nine hits in 8.2 innings of work.

The Toreros will return to action on Sunday as they close out the three-game set with the Dons in game three with a 1 p.m. start at Benedetti Diamond.