April 29, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - The University of San Francisco took the West Coast Conference series victory on Sunday with a 10-2 win over Gonzaga (27-21, 10-5 WCC). USF (23-23, 6-9 WCC) managed 17 hits - tied for third most on the season.
Senior center fielder Jonnie Knoble continued his offensive onslaught against the Zags, smashing three more hits for a career total of 176, which puts him into a tie for 13th place with Andrew Smith (2003-06). Junior designated hitter Matt Lieb hit his first career homerun as a Don in a 2-for-5 day, including four RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore left fielder Zach Kim increased his team leading batting average to .397 on a 4-for-4 day with a triple, an RBI, a run, and a stolen base. Senior first baseman Chris Bacigalupi and junior short stop Brian Chavez each went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the contest. Seniors Blake Nelson and Jon Norfolk and junior Joey Railey and Mitchell Bialosky all singled.
Junior right-hander Tommy Peale (3-1) earned the victory, allowing two earned runs off seven hits in 7.2 innings. Peale recorded three strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich retired the only batter he faced in the eighth and junior left-hander Matt Baugh threw a scoreless ninth and struck out two Bulldogs.
Gonzaga took a quick lead in the first off a two-out solo homerun by junior third baseman Darin Holcomb. USF plated two in the second. Chavez walked and advanced to second on a balk. Lieb singled to left, scoring Chavez. Kim then smacked his first triple of the season, plating Lieb.
Bulldog junior center fielder Brandon Blank homered in the third to knot the score at 2-2, but USF pushed across four runs in the fifth to regain the lead.
With the bases loaded and no outs, freshman Derek Poppert lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Kim who led off the inning with a single. Bacigalupi singled, scoring Railey, who had also reached on a single. Nelson then hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Knoble, who also singled. After junior right fielder Luke Sommer walked, Chavez singled to center, scoring Bacigalupi from second.
In the seventh, with two runners on, Lieb blasted the ball over the right field fence to make the score 9-2. USF added a final run in the eighth when Bialosky scored from third on a wild pitch.
Gonzaga's senior right-hander Josh Monroe (6-3) earned the loss, allowing six earned runs off nine hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. Freshman right-hander Jeremy Stumetz gave up two earned runs off four hits and two walks in 2.0 innings, and sophomore right-hander matt Fields gave up the final two earned runs off four hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Fields recorded the only strikeouts for Bulldogs pitchers, striking out three dons.
USF returns to Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday for a non-conference match-up with Bay Area rival Cal at 3:00 PM.