April 29, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - San Francisco continued to stymie No. 24 San Diego as they took game two 5-0 on Saturday in West Coast Conference action at Benedetti Diamond. The Dons (28-18, 9-5 WCC) are now 5-1 against Top-25 ranked opponents and have held the Toreros (25-20, 7-7 WCC) scoreless for 18 consecutive innings.
USF got another incredible pitching performance from sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda (4-2) who tossed 8.2 scoreless innings, only giving up four hits, three walks and striking out one. Over 70% of Poreda's pitches went for strikes on the afternoon and he lowered his ERA to 2.12. Sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich finished the game, facing only one batter in the ninth.
Senior right-fielder Stefan Gartrell drove in two runners to bring his team leading season RBI total to 48 and moves into seventh place on the career chart with 117. He needs two more to pass Joe Jacobitz (2002-04) and Tony Hurtado (1997-00) who both have 118. Gartrell finished the afternoon 1-for-2 with 2 RBI, a run scored and two walks.
USF did most of its damage in the sixth inning, scoring four of their five runs. Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey started things off with a single to right, and advanced to third on senior short stop Andrew Smith's single to right. Junior left fielder Scott Cousins made it three consecutive singles to right, scoring Railey and moving Smith to third. Gartrell reached on a fielder's choice, forcing out Cousins at second, but plating Smith. Sophomore designated hitter Luke Sommer then doubled to right, scoring Gartrell from first. Sommer advanced to second when junior catcher Daniel Morales reached base on an error by San Diego's junior second baseman Keoni Ruth. Sommer then scored on an RBI single up the middle by sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky.
In the seventh, the Dons added an insurance run when Smith walked, stole second, and scored on Gartrell's single to center.
On the afternoon, Cousins stroked two hits and stole his team leading 18th base. Railey, Smith, Gartrell, Sommer, Bialosky, junior center fielder Lucas DeLong, and freshman second baseman George Lujan each had one hit a piece. Smith also stole his 10th bag of the season.
Junior right-hander Josh Butler (8-5) suffered the loss for the Toreros, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, walked three and struck out five in 5.2 innings of work. Sophomore left fielder Kevin Hanson had two hits, and sophomore catcher Logan Gelbrich and sophomore center fielder Justin Snyder had one each.
USF concludes the three game series with San Diego Sunday at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.