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USF Baseball Travels to Stanford and Sacramento This Week

Feb. 20, 2007

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USF TRAVELS TO STANFORD ON TUESDAY, HEAD TO SACRAMENTO FOR THREE GAMES IN THE RIVER CITY CLASSIC THIS WEEKEND: The Dons travel south to Palo Alto for a mid-week match up versus Stanford on Tuesday. Game time is set for 5:00 PM. This weekend, Sacramento State hosts the River City Classic and USF will head to Sacramento for games against Sac State (Friday, 2:00 PM), UC Davis (Saturday, 1:00 PM) and St. Mary's (Sunday, 10:00 AM).

WHO'S HOT FOR THE DONS: Last week, junior Joey Railey was 7-for-16 with two doubles, three RBI, and a stolen base... Junior Mitchell Bialosky stroked two doubles and three singles in last weeks games... Junior Luke Sommer batted in four, going 5-for-19 with two doubles and a stolen base... Senior Daniel Morales homered and had three RBI last week... Senior Cole Stipovich earned a victory in relief, throwing 1.1 innings allowing only one run off three hits in a win over Cal... Junior transfer Matt Baugh (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, starting the game and throwing 7.1 solid innings versus UC Riverside. The left hander allowed three runs (two earned) off eight hits and a walk while striking out six batters. Senior right hander John Quine earned his second save of the year, throwing 0.2 innings and not allowing a run.

LAST WEEK: It was a day for season high's as San Francisco defeated Cal 15-6 at Evans Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons' 15 runs and 21 hits are the most in 2007, and tie the runs and hits tally in last season's win over No. 29 Hawaii (5/16/06). With Tuesday's win, USF (4-2) has beaten Cal (4-2) four straight. The Dons haven't lost to a Pac-10 opponent since falling to Washington State 8-7 last year (2/26/06). Nearly every Don to step to the plate earned a hit, (13 of 17) and seven of them had two or more. USF scored consecutively higher runs in the first four innings (one-first, two-second, three-third, four-fourth) before adding one in the fifth and four more in the sixth.San Francisco couldn't find the offense in a 3-0 loss to UC Riverside on Friday afternoon at the Riverside Sports Complex. The Dons (4-3) only collected four hits compared with Riverside's (6-2) nine. Junior Aaron Poreda (1-1) earned the loss, throwing 5.2 innings. The left hander allowed two earned runs off two hits, but did not walk a batter. Poreda struck out a season high seven batters.San Francisco suffered its second consecutive loss to UC Riverside, 9-2 on Saturday afternoon at Riverside Sports Complex. The Dons (4-4) were out hit by the Highlanders (7-2) 14-9. Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble led Dons batters with two hits and a stolen base. Sommer, Norfolk, Kim, Chavez, senior center fielder Lucas DeLong, junior second baseman Joey Railey and junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky all had one hit in the loss.San Francisco ended the weekend series with UC Riverside on a high note, beating the Highlanders 5-3 at the Riverside Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. The win puts the Dons back above .500 at 5-4 and drops the Highlanders to 7-3. Junior transfer Matt Baugh (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, starting the game and throwing 7.1 solid innings. The left hander allowed three runs (two earned) off eight hits and a walk while striking out six batters. Senior right hander John Quine earned his second save of the year, throwing 0.2 innings and not allowing a run.



SCOUTING STANFORD: Mark Marquess enters his 31st season at the helm of a Stanford club that has only one senior but features eight position players that have started at least 20 games in a season. Seven pitchers from last year's staff also return, including two that were in the starting rotation at the end of the 2006 campaign (junior right-hander Nolan Gallagher and sophomore lefty Jeremy Bleich). Junior outfielder Michael Taylor was recognized on Baseball America's Preseason All-American squad (Third Team) for the second straight year, and is also Stanford's lone representative on the Wallace Award Watch List

LAST MEETINGS: USF 9, STAN 4 (4/17/06)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF struck early, very early. Sophomore third baseman Joey Railey scored the first run of the game in his very first at bat, as he homered to right. Stanford tied it in the second and took a two-run lead in the fifth. It wouldn't last, as the Dons scored eight unanswered runs through the last four innings.


SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE: Sacramento State began 2007 with just three returning position starters and two returning starting pitchers. The Hornets will have a definitive new look for the new year. Departed are three four-year starters; outfielder Jim Strombach, shortstop Everet Rincon and first baseman Brian Blauser as well as 2006 all-WAC first team selection, catcher Buddy Morales. While the Hornets will have lost some familiar faces in the program, all-WAC second team third baseman David Flores is set to begin his junior season, along with senior second baseman Gary Johnson and senior rightfielder Montana Dye, the three remaining position starters from a year ago. In its first year of competition in the WAC a year ago, Sacramento State advanced to the postseason tournament, but was selected in the 2007 Coaches'' Poll to finish seventh in the standings. In the Baseball America preview, the Hornets were picked to finish sixth.

LAST MEETINGS: USF 8, SAC 5 (2/11/07)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: In their last meeting, USF defeated Sacramento State 8-5. Sacramento State started the scoring in the first, but USF tied the game in the second before breaking it open in the third, scoring five runs. The Hornets came within two after a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, but USF furthered it's lead with a run in both the seventh and eighth innings. Brian Chavez had four hits on the afternoon, including two doubles and three RBI; all game and career highs for the third baseman as a Don. Senior right-hander Jason Dufloth (2-0) earned the victory with six solid innings, allowing four runs off nine hits and striking out three.


SCOUTING UC DAVIS: Head coach Rex Peters is in his fourth year at the helm of the Aggies and led them to an 18-34 finnish in 2006. Leading the Aggies this season is senior outfielder Aaron Hanke who is batting .370 with four doubles and a homerun. On the mound, freshman right hander Brad McaTee is 1-0 in two starts.

LAST MEETINGS: UCD 8, USF 4 (2/21/06); USF 12, UCD 7 (5/2/06)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: San Francisco's offense wasn't as strong as it has been the last few weeks as they fell to UC Davis 8-4. The Dons only mustered six hits to the Aggies' 14. The bright spot for USF was the return of junior Scott Cousins to the mound. Only being able to play in the field and bat because of an arm injury, Cousins made his 2006 mound debut in Tuesday's game. The left-hander threw one inning of scoreless ball, retiring all three batters he faced.USF defeated UC Davis 12-7 in non-conference baseball action at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. The Dons (29-18) evened the season series with the Aggies (13-27) at one game apiece. Junior right-hander John Quine (3-3) got the win for USF, throwing 2.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on two hits, one walk and struck out five Aggies. USF roped 12 hits on the day. Sophomore Joey Railey added three hits to his team leading total, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Junior center fielder Scott Cousins went 1-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Sommer was 1-for-4 and Morales was 1-for-3, both smashing homeruns in the contest. Senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell went 1-for-4 with two RBI, bringing his team leading total to 51 and moving him into sole possession of fifth place all-time with 121. Senior shortstop Andrew Smith was 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored, three walks and a stolen base.


SCOUTING ST MARY'S: Saint Mary's posted a winning record (26-25) for the first time since 1991 last season, and welcomes in a conference-high 25 newcomers for the upcoming campaign. The Gaels return All-WCC Second-Team selection Joel Staples. As a true freshmen, Staples batted .279 with four homeruns, 29 RBIs and a league-leading five triples. Head coach Jedd Soto is in his fourth year at the helm of the Gaels.

LAST MEETINGS: USF 6, SMC 4 (5/5/06); USF 5, SMC 3 (5/6/06); USF 7, SMC 6 (5/7/06)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: It took nearly five innings for USF baseball to collect its first hit against Saint Mary's in WCC play Friday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field, but the Dons woke up for a thrilling come-from-behind 6-4 win. Junior outfielder Luke Sommer and senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell hit home runs for the Dons (30-19, 10-6 WCC) who won their fifth straight against the Gaels (24-20, 9-7 WCC).USF baseball scored four runs in the second inning and it was all sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda (6-4) would need in a 5-3 victory at Saint Mary's Saturday. The Dons (31-19, 11-6 WCC) win their fifth league series of the season, third straight overall and fifth in a row against the Gaels (24-20, 9-8 WCC).USF earned the series sweep over SMC with a 7-6 win on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson (5-0) got the win in relief, throwing 1.2 innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out two Gaels. Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan earned his fourth save of the season, striking out both batters he faced in the ninth.