May 13, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - USF defeated West Coast Conference foe Loyola Marymount 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond. The Dons (35-19, 14-6) win the series over the Lions (21-30, 8-9), and could earn the sweep on Sunday. USF has won five straight over LMU.
With the win, USF secures no less than second place in the WCC and a spot in the Championship Series on May 26-28. This will be the first time in USF baseball history that a Dons team has advanced to the WCC Championship Series. If the Dons finish in first or tied for first with Pepperdine, they will host the series at Benedetti Diamond. If USF falls to LMU tomorrow, and the Waves win, Pepperdine will host the series in Malibu.
Sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda (7-4) pitched a spectacular game, going the distance and only allowing one run on 10 hits with four strikeouts and no walks. The complete game was his second of the year and he leads the team with a low 2.14 ERA. In 101.0 innings, Poreda has 67 strikeouts to only 27 walks.
After junior left fielder Scott Cousins' RBI single in the first, the Dons scored their winning run in the second on junior center fielder Lucas DeLong's eighth homerun of the year. USF plated an insurance run in the sixth on junior catcher Daniel Morales' RBI single and two more in the seventh when Cousins smashed a two-run homerun over the right field fence.
LMU's starting pitcher, junior right-hander Daniel Macias (4-8) took the loss, throwing seven innings, allowing all five runs on eight hits, two walks, and struck out a batter. Senior right fielder Erik Johnson had three hits on the afternoon, and sophomores Eric Farris and Justin Bunkis each had two hits, including doubles.
USF and LMU conclude the WCC series on Sunday at Benedetti Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM, but get there early to help celebrate the contributions of our 2006 seniors. Festivities will begin around 12:40 PM.
With today's win (35), USF earned the second most wins in program history behind the 2005 team that won 38. The total of 73 is the most two year total for a Dons team. The third most wins a USF team secured, was 34 in 1998.
Lucas DeLong leads the team with eight long balls this season and moves into 14th place on the career homerun chart with 16.