May 12, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - On Parent's Day, the University of San Francisco used a late inning miscue by Saint Mary's (21-28-1, 3-17 WCC) to earn the 4-3 West Coast Conference victory at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday afternoon. The Dons (26-28, 8-12 WCC) look for the sweep in tomorrow's series finale.
Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth, making his final collegiate start, didn't earn a decision in a strong 7.1 innings. The Norwalk, CA native only gave up one earned run off eight hits, a walk, and recorded five strikeouts. For his two year career on the Hill Top, Dufloth finishes with a record of 7-6, 3.79 ERA in 34 appearances with 18 starts and a save. In 140 innings, Dufloth struck out 78 while only walking 21.
Senior left-hander Cole Stipovich (2-3) earned the win in 0.1 innings of relief, not allowing a run on one hit. Senior right-hander Daniel Morales gave up two runs (one earned) off two hits, a walk and recorded a strikeout in 0.2 innings of work. Senior right-hander John Quine didn't allow a run and struck out a batter in 0.2 innings.
Junior second baseman Joey Railey brought his team leading hits total to 71 on a 3-for-4 day with a double, a run scored and two stolen bases. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky and junior right fielder Luke Sommer each had two hits and scored a run. Junior short stop Brian Chavez and senior designated hitter Chris Bacigalupi each added a hit and an RBI. Senior Lucas DeLong doubled and scored the winning run in the ninth. Senior center fielder Jonnie Knoble and freshman third baseman Derek Poppert also singled on the day.
USF got an early run in the bottom of the first when Railey singled and advanced to second on Knoble's sacrifice bunt. Railey then stole third and scored on a throwing error by SMC's junior catcher Ian Gordon. Saint Mary's tied it in the second with a two out homerun by junior right fielder Kenny Fuglerud.
The Dons retook the lead in the sixth, plating two. With two outs, Bialosky singled and advanced to second on Sommer's walk. Chavez singled to left, scoring Bialosky. Sommer then scored on Bacigalupi's single to center.
With a two run ninth, SMC tied the game at 3-3, but USF would come back in the bottom of the frame to win the ballgame. With one out, DeLong stroked a double in his first at bat of the game before Railey was intentionally walked. SMC's new catcher, freshman Ryan Mulligan, tried to throw out DeLong on a double steal, but his throw sailed into left, allowing DeLong to score from third.
Freshman right-hander Taylor Stanton (1-5) took the loss in 0.1 innings of relief. He allowed the unearned run off one hit, a walk and a strikeout. Junior right-hander Alex Jensen started for the Gaels, allowing three earned runs off eight hits, two walks, and recorded two strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.
USF and Saint Mary's conclude the WCC series tomorrow at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch on Senior Day is set for 1:00 PM. Please join us at 12:45 for a special ceremony celebrating our seniors.