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USF Falls To Dallas Baptist, 4-2

May 15, 2008

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco couldn't hold on to a 2-0 lead in a pitchers dual, and fell to Dallas Baptist 4-2 in non-conference baseball action at Benedetti Diamond on Thursday afternoon. Senior second baseman Joey Railey continued his assault on the Dons (31-24) career hits chart, overtaking Arnie Sambel (1987-90/236) with two hits against the Patriots (35-17).

Railey doubled in the fifth to tie Sambel and doubled again in the seventh to give him 237 base knocks for his career. He needs just three to take the third spot from Armand Gaerlan (2001-04/239). Railey's two doubles give him a team leading 18 for the season and puts the Dons just three away from tying the team high of 127 (2000).

Junior left-hander Evan Fredrickson earned a no-decision in a spectacular game in which he allowed two unearned runs off four hits, four walks, and 11 strikeouts. It's the fourth time this season Fredrickson has struck out double digit opponents, and second time in as many games. Senior right-hander Mitchell Bialosky (5-6) took the loss in relief, giving up two runs (one earned) off three hits, and struck out one in 2.0 innings.

DBU's junior right-hander Jordan Meaker (7-1) earned the win, throwing 7.0 innings, allowing two unearned runs off nine hits, one walk, and struck out four Dons. Senior right-hander Tyson Bagley earned the save (11), throwing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, walking two and striking out two.

Both pitchers kept runs off the board through six innings, even with runners on base in multiple frames, before the Dons broke through in the seventh. With two outs, freshman third baseman Stephen Yarrow singled up the middle and advanced to third on Railey's double down the right field line. Sophomore center fielder Bobby Ethel smoked a ball to DBU's third baseman, who couldn't handle the grounder, and Yarrow was able to cross the plate. Railey then scored on a double steal, putting Ethel at second before senior right-fielder Kyle Morgan struck out to end the inning.

Dallas Baptist struck back in the next inning, plating three. Sophomore second baseman Ryan Goins struck out swinging, but reached first on a passed ball by Dons sophomore catcher Ryan Lipkin, who then threw wildly into right field allowing Goins to advance to second. Junior center fielder Evan Bigley doubled to left, scoring Goins. Bialosky then came on to pitch for Fredrickson and after a fly out to right field, junior third baseman Trevor Head homered to left, making it 3-2.

In the ninth, the Patriots got an insurance run off an RBI single from Goins.

Railey was 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Yarrow had two hits and a run scored, and junior left fielder Zach Kim also smacked two base knocks. Freshman center fielder Connor Bernatz, sophomore shortstop Derek Poppert, and Morgan, rounded out the Dons nine hits with singles.

USF hosts the Patriots in game two, tomorrow at 3:00 PM.