May 11, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - The University of San Francisco found its offense as it took an 11-1 win over Bay Area and West Coast Conference rival Saint Mary's at Benedetti Diamond on Friday afternoon. The Dons (25-28, 7-12) out hit SMC 13-4 in the contest.
With the win over the Gaels, junior left-hander Aaron Poreda (7-6) joins Jerry Eisler (1962-64) in third place on the Dons all time wins chart with 17. The Moraga native threw 7.0 innings, only allowing one earned run off two hits and three walks, and recorded six strikeouts. For his career, Poreda owns a 2.61 ERA (fifth on all time Dons charts), 167 strikeouts (eighth), and sixty walks in 245 innings (eighth). He has thrown four complete games and saved one in the Green and Gold. Poreda has only given up 95 runs (71 earned) off of 233 hits.
Junior left-hander Matt Baugh threw the final two innings, not giving up a runs off two hits and added two strikeouts.
SMC's junior right-hander Sean Gleason (4-8) earned the loss, giving up nine runs (eight earned), off nine hits, five walks, and recorded four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. USF's final two runs came off freshman right-hander Jimmy Munhill, who threw 1.2 innings, giving up four hits, a walk, and added a strikeout.
Junior right fielder Luke Sommer had a 2-for-4 day at the plate, scored a run, and drove in three Dons. Junior second baseman Joey Railey was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and added his 19th stolen base. Junior shortstop Brian Chavez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Freshman third baseman Derek Poppert doubled and drove in two. Senior pinch hitter Daniel Morales also doubled and drove in one. Sophomore Zach Kim had a hit and two RBI. Senior center fielder Jonnie Knoble also smacked a base hit and drove in a run. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky, senior catcher Jon Norfolk, and senior pinch hitter Blake Nelson added singles.
USF put up a run in the fourth and two in the fifth before breaking the game open in the seventh. Senior designated hitter Chris Bacigalupi walked to start the inning, and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Bobby Ethel, who stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw. Kim walked before Railey singled to left, scoring Ethel. Knoble walked, then Poppert doubled through the left side, scoring Kim and Railey. Sommer singled to right and advanced to second on the throw home, but both Knoble and Poppert scored on the play. An out later, Chavez singled to right center, scoring Sommer.
A two run eighth put the game completely out of reach for the Gaels. With two outs, junior pinch hitter Matt Lieb walked and scored on pinch hitter Morales' double to left. Morales then scored on Sommer's single to right.
USF and Saint Mary's play game two of the three game series tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.