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Diamond Dons Meet San Jose State Mid-Week and Travel North for Three Versus Oregon State.

March 13, 2007

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USF TRAVELS SAN JOSE STATE AND OREGON STATE: The Dons make the short trip to San Jose for a mid-week match up with the Spartans 6:00 PM on Tuesday. USF then travels north to Corvallis, OR to take on No. 5 Oregon State Beavers for a weekend series. Friday's game starts at 4:00 PM and both Saturday and Sunday have a first pitch set for 1:00 PM.

LAST WEEK: USF baseball dropped a tough 5-1 decision to Baylor in the opening round of the 2007 Quali-T Imprints Baylor Classic Friday night in opening round tournament action at Baylor Ballpark. The Dons could not find the big hit they needed against the Bears, who downed the Green and Gold for the second time in a week. USF held a 7-5 hits advantage in the game, but stranded eight runners on base, flew into a double play and committed a costly error in Baylor's two-run third. Junior right-hander Mitchell Bialosky (0-3) battled for the Dons, allowing three runs (two earned) off three hits and struck out four in 4.1 innings. Junior infielder Joey Railey went 2-for-4 for the Dons in the leadoff spot. Senior infielder Chris Bacigalupi drove in San Francisco's only run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly, scoring junior outfielder Luke Sommer who led off the frame with a single. USF did not record an extra-base hit in the contest, while Baylor managed just one, a double in the fourth.

USF's offense recorded 12 hits and junior left-hander Aaron Poreda did the rest leading the Dons to a 7-2 victory against Winthrop in game three of the 2007 Quali-T Imprint Baylor Classic Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. USF collects the victory in the program's first meeting with the Eagles (11-8), a 2006 NCAA Regional squad. After a shaky start, Poreda (3-1) was at times untouchable against Winthrop. After issuing his first walk of the season in the first the Eagles plated their first run of the game in the opening frame. Poreda recovered and retired 11 consecutive Eagles hitters beginning in the third inning. The 2007 Brooks Wallace and Roger Clemens Watch List selection collected his 13th career victory and moved into a share of ninth place on the career wins list with Jim Ross (1974-76). USF's top four hitters did the job, going a combined 8-for-15 with five RBI and six runs. Junior shortstop Tavo Hall went 2-for-5 in the leadoff spot with a pair of runs and a stolen base, while senior outfielder Jonnie Knoble added a 2-for-3 day with a double and a two-run single. Junior infielder Joey Railey went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while junior infielder Mitchell Bialosky turned in a 2-for-3 day with two RBI. Junior infielder Brian Chavez also tallied a pair of base hits and drove in a pair.

San Francisco played well in their final game of the Quali-T Imprints Baylor Classic, but fell to Mississippi State 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs (10-2) went into the game batting .389 as a team and the Dons (9-8) were able to keep MSU's scoring to a minimum, only allowing the two runs off 10 hits. The two runs for the Bulldogs tied their season low. Senior right hander Jason Dufloth (3-2) pitched six solid innings in the loss, allowing two earned runs off eight hits and struck out two batters. Senior left hander Cole Stipovich threw a scoreless seventh before giving way to freshman right hander Chase Tigert. Junior left hander Matt Baugh finished out the game, throwing 1.1 innings. No Don allowed a walk in the game. Sophomore utility Zach Kim hit a lead off pinch hit homerun in the eighth to bring the Dons to within one. USF had two base runners in the ninth, but couldn't capitalize.

THREE DONS MAKE QUALI-T IMPRINTS BAYLOR CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior utility Mitchell Bialosky, junior third baseman Brian Chavez, and junior second baseman Joey Railey made the All-Tournament team for last weekend's Baylor Classic. Bialosky was 5-for-9 with two RBI and two runs scored along with 4.1 innings pitched and five strikeouts. Chavez went 4-for-10 with two RBI and a run scored. Railey finished the weekend 4-for-11 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.

WEATHER CAUSES SCHEDULE CHANGES: USF baseball's game against Nevada, originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 27 at Benedetti Diamond, has been cancelled due to snow in the pass and an unfavorable weather report for the Bay Area as announced today by head coach Nino Giarratano. The Dons will take on the Wolf Pack Tuesday, March 27 in Reno at 2:00 PM and will now host Nevada at Benedetti Diamond Tuesday, April 17 with a 2:00 PM first pitch. USF's game at Sacramento State originally scheduled for Tuesday March 27 has been changed to Monday, March 26 with a 2:00 PM first pitch at Hornet Field. San Francisco hosts Southern Utah March 22-24 in the first true home games at Benedetti Diamond.



SAN JOSE STATE: The 2007 San Jose State University baseball team, with a substantial contingent of 15 seniors and a multitude of new, young talent that includes eight freshmen and one sophomore, is looking for its third consecutive season of a .500-or-better overall record. After finishing 28-28-1 in 2005, the Spartans improved to 33-26 in 2006. Head coach Sam Piraro, who has compiled 631 wins, entered a milestone 20th season in charge of the Spartans. The pitching staff returned two starters that were in the rotation throughout the 2006 season, in Josh Amberson and Loren Moneypenny. The second-year senior right-handers performed well during the fall. Amberson (6-4, 4.22) was a two-time WAC "Pitcher of the Week." Moneypenny pitched close to 100 innings, including three complete games, and led the team with 80 strikeouts.

LAST MEETING: SJSU 6, USF 1 (2/6/07)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF baseball struggled offensively and dropped a 6-1 non-conference decision to Bay Area rival San Jose State in non-conference action at College of San Mateo Stadium. The Dons pitched effectively for much of the game but managed just three hits against stingy pitching from the Spartans. Junior outfielder Luke Sommer clubbed his first home run of the season for the Dons to lead off the seventh, finishing 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Senior catcher Jonathan Norfolk collected the Dons first hit of the game with a third inning single. Junior right-hander Mitchell Bialosky (0-1) turned in a strong performance in his first career start for the Dons, tossing 5.0 innings, allowing two runs off three hits and struck out seven. After giving up a two-run double in the second, Bialosky retired eight straight Spartans before giving up a one-out single in the fifth. Junior right-hander Brian Anderson came on in the sixth as San Jose tacked on three runs after connecting on four consecutive singles. Freshman right-hander Alex Kalogrides made his Dons pitching debut in the seventh inning, allowing one hit in a scoreless frame. Senior right-hander John Quine recorded a pair of strikeouts in the eighth before yielding to senior right-hander Daniel Morales, who retired SJSU in order in the ninth.

WHO'S HOT FOR THE DONS: Junior left hander Aaron Poreda earned his 13th career victory on Saturday in the win over Mississippi State, good for a share of ninth place all time in the Dons record book. Poreda pitched 7.0 innings, allowing just two earned runs off five hits and struck out six batters. Sophomore Zach Kim hit his first homerun of the season in Sunday's loss to Mississippi State, a pinch hit solo shot to left field.

GAME #19-21 - No. 5 OREGON STATE BEAVERS (17-3)

SCOUTING OREGON STATE: In 2007, Oregon State celebrates its 100th anniversary of varsity baseball, and the Beavers will do it as the defending national champion without most of the key players who won that 2006 title. How quickly a lot of new faces - some who arereturning to the squad after playing backup roles and some who have just joined the program - adjust to playing every day will go a long way toward determining whether the Beavers make it to the postseason for a third straight year. After their magical 2006 run to the national championship, the Beavers lost All-American pitchers Dallas Buck, Kevin Gunderson and Jonah Nickerson; All-American outfielder and Pacific-10 Player of the Year Cole Gillespie; Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year second baseman Chris Kunda; All-College World Series third baseman Shea McFeely and first baseman Bill Rowe; and draft pick outfielder Tyler Graham. But as OSU begins putting together its lineup for 2007, it can start with a pair of terrific players and leaders up the middle - catcher Mitch Canham (.299 batting average, 7 home runs, 54 runs batted in, 10 stolen bases during 2006) and shortstop Darwin Barney (.330, 0, 36, 16 SBs), both juniors. Pat Casey, the 2006 National Coach of the Year, is in his 13th season at OSU.

LAST MEETINGS: USF 8, No. 15 OSU 2 (3/29/06)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF baseball changed home fields but continued to enjoy success and lifted head coach Nino Giarratano to a milestone win. In a game moved to Skyline College due to rain and poor field conditions at Benedetti Diamond, San Francisco won its 12th decision in its last 13 games with an 8-2 non-conference victory against No. 15 Oregon State Wednesday afternoon at Trojan Field. Giarratano, the 2005 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year after leading USF to the highest win tally in program history (38) earned his 200th career win, and is just the fifth coach in Dons athletic history to do so on the Hilltop. A three-time national junior college coach of the year, Giarratano has 510 total wins after recording 310 wins in eight years as a junior college head coach at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Co. and Yavapai Community College in Prescott, AZ. Senior shortstop Andrew Smith hit the first home run of his career as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell was 2-for-4 with a double, and junior catcher Jonathan Norfolk also had two hits for the Dons. Sophomore Mitchell Bialosky slammed his fourth homerun of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth. Sophomore right-hander Brian Anderson (4-0) turned in a masterful performance, allowing two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk in 7.2 innings. Sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich got the Dons out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, relieving Anderson and promptly striking out a Beaver to end the threat.