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March 13, 2006

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DONS MEET HORNETS AND LOBOS THIS WEEK: The Dons travel to Sacramento for a one game contest with the Hornets, Tuesday at 2:00 PM. Over the weekend, the Dons hit the road again, this time to Albuquerque, NM to play a three game set against the New Mexico Lobos. Friday's and Saturday's first pitches are set for 6:00 PM with a 1:00 PM Sunday start.

Patrick McGuigan NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Senior right-hander, Patrick McGuigan has been named the WCC Pitcher of the Week for March 6-12, 2006. The Hawaii native pitched a complete game shutout against Georgetown on Saturday, allowing just two hits - both singles - and struck out a career high 12 batters. His previous career high was seven, set earlier this year at Southern Utah (2/17). The 12 strikeouts are tied for third most in a single game by a Dons pitcher. The Don all-time saves leader is now tied for eighth (Jim Ross 74-76) on the win chart with 13. On Wednesday, he threw 1.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out one and not issuing a walk. McGuigan is now 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 27 strikeouts.

Mitchell Bialosky COMING ALIVE: Sophomore first-baseman Mitchell Bialosky hit his first homerun of the season on Friday versus Georgetown and he sure made it count. The three-run bomb was hit high over the 40-foot left field fence to solidify a second inning lead. He also added an RBI single in the fifth.

Brian Anderson PITCHES COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT: In a rain shortened game, sophomore Brian Anderson didn't let the weather interfere with his focus. The right-hander threw five complete innings, even after waiting out a delay in the bottom of the third. Anderson threw a one-hit shutout and struckout six Hoyas. He is now 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA for the year.

Joey Railey CONTINUES HOT BAT: After a rare game on Friday, in which he didn't get a hit, sophomore third-baseman Joey Railey came back big in the rest of the series. On Saturday, Railey was 3-for-4 with three singles and scored a run. On Sunday, he went 2-for-3 with two singles, scored a run and had a run batted in. Railey continues to lead the Dons in batting average (.448) hits (30) and on base percentage (.549). He is second in slugging at .537 and RBI with 11.

OFFENSE WENT ON TEAR VERSUS GEORGETOWN: Over the weekend, the Dons bats were on fire as they collected a three-day total of 23 hits, with three of them going for extra bases (one double and two homeruns). On Friday, the Dons managed nine hits, scoring eight runs, with seven RBI, two homeruns, three walks and three stolen bases. Saturday, they roped eight hits, scoring five runs with three RBI, four walks, four stolen bases and a double. In a five inning game on Sunday, the Dons managed six hits, scoring four runs, with two RBI, one stolen base and one walk.

SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE: For the first time since 2002, the Hornets will be playing in a conference after being accepted as an affiliate member of the Western Athletic Conference. Senior infielder Pat Keiper leads the team offensively, going into Tuesday's game batting .388 with 31 hits, eight doubles and one homerun and 18 RBI. He is second on the team in slugging (.525) and on base percentage (.432). On the mound, junior left-hander Mick Joyce is 4-0 with a 1.75 ERA. In the Hornets last game, Joyce pitched his first career shutout, a four-hit, eight strike out complete game, leading Sac State to a 6-0 win over Northern Colorado on Sunday.

LAST MEETINGS: at USF 11, Sac State 5 (2/10/06); at USF 10, Sac State 5 (2/11/06); at Sac State 6, USF 2 (2/12/06); USF 6, at Sac State 2 (2/26/06)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: River City Classic, February 26, 2006. San Francisco got a strong start from sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda (1-2), who went 8.1 innings, allowing two runs (none earned) off 11 hits and struck out four. Freshman pinch-hitter Zach Kim came through in the clutch for the Dons lifting a two-run single to right field. Sophomore shortstop Tavo Hall went 3-for-5, while junior outfielder Scott Cousins collected a pair of base hits including his first triple of the season to go along with two walks. Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell also turned in two hits, with an RBI double. Sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson collected the save - his first - in relief of Poreda in the ninth, getting a double play with one out and two on base. USF's offense managed 12 hits against the Hornets.

SCOUTING NEW MEXICO: Part of the Mountain West Conference, the Lobos were 26-32 in 2005, good for fourth place. This season, New Mexico is 14-5. Leading the Lobos offensively is junior first baseman/outfielder Chris Carlson who is batting .386 with 27 hits, six homeruns, five doubles, 27 RBI and has scored 20 runs. He also leads the team in slugging (.714) and on base percentage (.511). Four other Lobos are hitting above the .350 mark on the season, junior outfielder Matt Foote (.380), freshman catcher Zach Arnett (.375), junior infielder Jay Russell (.367), and freshman catcher Max Willett (.364). On the mound, newly named MWC pitcher of the week Danny Ray Herrera is 5-0 with a 1.59 ERA, and has 36 strikeouts in 45.1 innings pitched. In the Lobos last game, Herrera fanned nine, including five in the first two innings, to tie his career high and lead New Mexico to a 13-2 win over 12th-ranked Oregon State Saturday night. Sunday's game was cancelled due to snow.

CATCHERS CORNER: So far this season, USF catchers (juniors Jon Norfolk and Daniel Morales) have combined to throw out a total of ten runners attempting to steal (10-for-30). Norfolk is second on the team in batting average (.424). He has 14 hits, one double, two RBI and has scored four runs. Norfolk is third in on base percentage (.472) and fourth in slugging (.455). Morales is batting .240 with 12 hits, four doubles, one homerun, six RBI and has scored six runs. He is fifth in slugging (.380) and sixth in on base percentage at .309.

USF ALUM DUSTIN DELUCCHI PLAYED FOR ITALY IN INAGURAL WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: Former USF star Dustin Delucchi patrolled the outfield for Italy in first round play, starting all three contests as the Italians went 1-2 in Pool D. Delucchi had his best game against Australia when he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.

DONS DOMINATE EAST COAST SCHOOLS: Since 2000, the Dons have played 13 East Coast schools and are 11-2 in that span with their latest three victories coming over Georgetown last weekend. In 2000, the Dons swept a double-header with Fairfield University (Connecticut) at Benedetti Diamond (8-3, 4-1). In 2002, USF played a two game series with Stony Brook University (New York) and came away with a split (4-7, 8-7). USF swept two games from Louisiana-Lafayette in 2004 (15-6, 6-0). In winning the Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic in Fresno, the Dons played four East Coast schools, Beating Penn (7-0), Iona (10-1) and Penn State (6-1), but fell to Monmouth 3-5.

Scott Cousins NAMED TO WALLACE PRE-SEASON WATCH LIST FOR COLLEGIATE BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Junior LHP/OF Scott Cousins was selected to the Wallace Award Watch List for the 2006 College Baseball Foundation's Player of the Year. Cousins is the first Don to make the preseason watch list since three-time All-American Tagg Bozied in 2001. Cousins emerged as one of the top two-way players on the West Coast last year with an outstanding sophomore campaign on the Hilltop. The left-hander posted an 8-5 record with a 2.86 ERA in 95.1 innings and struck out 76 batters with only 30 walks. The eight victories were the third most ever recorded by a Dons hurler. At the plate, the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for March was equally impressive, batting .309 with a team-high seven home runs and ranked second on the squad with 30 RBI. Cousins earned First Team All-WCC honors last season and earned the 2005 Dante Benedetti Award presented to the team MVP. Cousins was also named to Baseball America's pre-season All-Conference Team.

Stefan Gartrell NAMED TO BASEBALL AMERICA'S FAB 50: Senior Stefan Gartrell was named to the Fabulous 50 Seniors of 2006 by Baseball America. The outfielder came in at No. 40 after a stellar 2005 campaign. In an injury plagued season Gartrell still managed to hit a whopping .364 with 52 hits, five homeruns, and 41 RBI. He had a 15-game hit streak that stretched from February 23 to March 19 in which he had 21 hits. Gartrell was also named to Baseball America's pre-season All-Conference Team.

HEAD COACH Nino Giarratano NEARS 200TH VICTORY AT USF: The 2005 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year needs just 9 wins to reach the milestone of 200 victories as the head coach of the University of San Francisco. He currently has a total of 191. He will become just the fifth coach in Dons athletic history to surpass the 200 victory mark in the Green and Gold. Giarratano also needs just seven wins to reach 500 overall as a college coach, after recording 310 wins in 8 seasons as a junior college head coach at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Co. and Yavapai Community College in Prescott, AZ.

DONS RANKED IN PRE-SEASON TOP 40 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10 YEARS: Fresh off the most successful season in program history in 2005, USF Baseball earned national recognition and enters the upcoming season ranked No. 35 in the 2006 Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll. The Dons set program records for wins (38), West Coast Conference victories (20) and ranked in the top-10 nationally in team ERA (2.86) and team fielding percentage (.976).

DANTE BENEDETTI CLASSIC: USF will host Cal Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at SBC Park in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic, celebrating the legacy of a giant in San Francisco youth and collegiate baseball. Benedetti, who coached USF for 16 years for an annual salary of one doller passed away in November of 2005 at the age of 86 after a long illness. The game will be the first college game ever played in the home park of the San Francisco Giants and will precede a night game against the New York Mets.