May 1, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - The University of San Francisco baseball team continued its hot streak at the plate as the Dons (24-23) defeated the California Golden Bears 13-4 at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. The win is the Dons sixth straight over the Bears (23-22), as they collect 15 hits in the contest.
Junior second baseman Joey Railey hit his first career grand slam on a 2-for-5 day with four RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Junior shortstop Brian Chavez went 3-for-5, including his team leading 14th double, with three RBI and a run scored. Freshman third baseman Derek Poppert had two hits and scored a run. Senior catcher Jon Norfolk doubled and drove in a run. Junior right fielder Luke Sommer singled and drove in two, while also scoring twice. Senior first baseman Chris Bacigalupi, junior designated hitter Matt Lieb, and senior pinch hitter Daniel Morales all singled and drove in a run. Freshman pinch hitter George Lujan, sophomore left fielder Zach Kim, and senior center fielder Jonnie Knoble also singled in the contest. Knoble stole his team leading 20th base as well.
USF started off the game right, plating four in the first, all with two outs. Poppert singled, then scored when Bacigalupi, Norfolk, and Sommer were all hit by pitches. Chavez then singled up the middle, scoring Bacigalupi and Norfolk. Sommer scored on Lieb's single to left.
After Cal put up two in the fourth and one in the fifth to make it 4-3, the Dons put the game out of reach by scoring nine in the sixth. Railey singled and stole second before Knoble was hit by a pitch. Both Railey and Knoble stole a bag to put runners at second and third. An out later, Bacigalupi singled to center, scoring Railey. Norfolk singled to center, scoring Knoble before Sommer singled to right, scoring Bacigalupi. Norfolk scored on Chavez's double to right. Morales smacked a pinch hit single to right, plating Sommer. Senior pinch hitter Blake Nelson walked to load the bases before Railey smashed a grand slam to right field.
Junior right-hander Mitchell Bialosky earned his first win of the season (1-4), throwing 2.2 shutout innings, only giving up one hit, a walk, and striking out two Bears. Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich gave up three of the Bears runs (all earned) off six hits and recorded two strikeouts in 2.0 innings. Junior left-hander Matt Baugh allowed Cal's final earned run off two hits in 2.1 innings. Freshman right-hander Alex Kalogrides and junior right-hander Brian Anderson closed out the game, each throwing an identical 1.0 shutout inning with two strikeouts.
Cal's junior right-hander Nick Nunez (3-3) earned the loss, allowing four earned runs off two hits in 0.2 innings of work. Senior Brett Munster, sophomore David Cooper, and freshman Brett Jackson each had two hits on the day.
USF returns to West Coast Conference action at San Diego this weekend. Friday's first pitch is set for 3:00 PM.