May 8, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - In a matter of ten innings, the University of San Francisco fell twice to Pacific at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. In the completion of the March 4th suspended game at Pacific, the Tigers (13-37) took a 6-5 victory in the bottom of the 13th. In the regularly scheduled contest, the Dons (24-28) struggled offensively and fell 7-2.
With the score tied 5-5 after 12 innings on March 4th in Stockton, the game was called due to darkness. Picking it up in the top of the 13th here at Benedetti, the Dons failed to score in there half. After freshman right-hander Chase Tigert (0-1) struck out the first Tigers batter, sophomore right fielder Zach Chamberlin homered over the right field fence to win the game.
In the original contest, the Dons scored first, plating one in the third. Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble reached on an error, stole second, and scored on junior second baseman Joey Railey's RBI single up the middle. After the Tigers scored twice in the fourth, the Dons tied it up in the fifth, scoring much in the same fashion as the third. Knoble reached on a throwing error and advanced to second, then scored on Railey's double to left center.
USF put up two more in the eighth when junior right fielder Luke Sommer led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky singled, advancing Sommer to third. Senior catcher then singled, scoring Sommer. Freshman Bobby Ethel pinch ran for Bialosky, advanced to third on junior third baseman Brian Chavez's sacrifice bunt, and scored on freshman designated hitter Derek Poppert's sacrifice fly. Down 5-4 in the ninth, junior pinch hitter Matt Lieb homered to put the game into extra innings.
Tigert earned the loss, giving up the homerun in the 13th. Tigert threw 1.1 innings, allowing one earned run of one hit, and added four strikeouts. The Dons managed 13 hits in the contest, with Railey and Sommer each smacking three hits.
Pacific's sophomore right-hander Cole Akins (2-2) earned the win, throwing a total of 3.0 innings, not allowing a run off one hit, a walk, and striking out two.
Regularly Scheduled Contest
USF couldn't get its offense rolling and had difficulty in the field as it fell to Pacific 7-2. The Dons committed four costly errors and only managed seven hits.
Pacific plated three in the third. With bases loaded and two outs, sophomore catcher Joe Oliveira smacked a two-RBI single to right. Junior right-hander Brian Anderson then walked two straight to make it 3-0. The Tigers added one in the seventh, before putting the game out of reach with three more in the eighth. Junior first baseman Brett Manning reached on an error and advanced to second on a failed fielder's choice by senior right-hander John Quine after freshman shortstop Josh Powers bunted. Oliveira then singled to right center, scoring Manning. Both Powers and Oliveira advanced on successive errors by Sommer and Knoble, before Chamberlin doubled to left, scoring them both.
USF tried to mount a comeback, scoring two in the eighth. Railey and freshman pinch hitter Bobby Ethel were both hit by a pitch, and Poppert walked to load the bases. Bialosky singled to left, scoring Railey. Senior pinch hitter Chris Bacigalupi hit a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring Ethel.
Chavez was the only Don with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Sommer added his ninth double of the season.
Senior right-hander Daniel Morales (1-1) takes the loss, tossing 2.0 innings and allowing two earned runs of two hits, two walks and recorded four strikeouts. Anderson allowed one earned run in 1.0 inning, off a hit and three walks, but added a strikeout. Quine allowed the Tigers final four runs (none earned) in 4.1 innings of work. Quine gave up three hits and a walk, and added five strikeouts.
Pacific's junior right-hander Jason Haar (2-2) took the victory, not giving up a run off five hits, a walk and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings. He also helped his cause by earning two hits and two RBI.
USF returns to action this weekend, hosting Saint Mary's for a three game West Coast Conference series. Friday's game is set for 3:00 PM.