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USF HOSTS #15 OREGON STATE ON WEDNESDAY THEN BEGINS CONFERENCE PLAY AT SANTA CLARA THIS WEEKEND

March 28, 2006

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DONS MEET BEAVERS AND BRONCOS THIS WEEK: The Dons host their first ranked opponent when the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers visit the Hill Top on Wednesday, March 29 for a 2:00 PM contest. Over the weekend, the Dons begin West Coast Conference play when they travel to Santa Clara for a three game match against the Broncos. Friday's game is set for 6:00 PM, and both Saturday and Sunday are 1:00 PM starts.

Aaron Poreda NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR MARCH 19-25: For the third consecutive week, a Don earned WCC pitcher or player of the Week honors, this time the award going to sophomore Aaron Poreda. The left-hander continues to dazzle for the Dons as he tossed the first complete game of his career at Oral Roberts (3/25), allowing one run off five hits and struck out a career-high nine in collecting his second win of the season. Poreda leads the team with a miniscule 1.48 ERA, allowing just eight earned runs (12 unearned) and has a 2-3 record with 34 strikeouts, compared to just 10 walks, in 48.2 innings. Opponents are only batting .280 against him. The Moraga native has already surpassed his freshman strikeout (26) and innings (33.1) tallies.

USF ON A WINNING ROLL: USF has won 11 of its last 12 games after posting a 5-11 mark to start the season and has won four consecutive series (Georgetown 3-0; at New Mexico, 2-1; Utah Valley State, 2-0; at Oral Roberts, 3-0). They were 5-0 last week, sweeping Utah Valley State (2-0) and handed Oral Roberts (3-0) its first home sweep since 1995. The Dons outscored their opponents 21-13 led by outstanding pitching which posted a 2.40 ERA with 33 strikeouts against just 10 walks in 45.0 innings. USF owns a 7-1 record at Benedetti Diamond this season and has won five of its last six road games, improving to 9-10 on the road.

Patrick McGuigan CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE RECORD CHARTS: Senior right-handed pitcher Patrick McGuigan posted a 2-0 record last week with a 1.29 ERA, allowing three runs (two earned) off eight hits in 14.0 innings and posted a 13/2 strikeout to walk ratio. McGuigan improved to 6-1 on the season and is now 16-6 in his career, good for sole possession of third place on the Dons career wins chart. USF Legend of the Hilltop and Hall-of-Famer Dana Hendershott (1968-71) is the all-time leader with 22. McGuigan needs just one more win to move into a tie for second place on the career list with Jerry Eilers (1962-64). With 149 career strikeouts, the USF career saves leader needs just eight more to move into sole possession of ninth place on the `K' list, passing Dennis Collier (1975-76). On the season, McGuigan owns a 3.07 ERA, allowing 25 runs (19 earned) off 49 hits and has struck out 45 and walked just 10 in 55.2 innings.

GAME #29 - OREGON STATE BEAVERS

SCOUTING OREGON STATE: OSU won the Pac-10 title in 2005 with a 46-12 (19-5 Pac-10) record and went to the College World Series for the first time in 52 years. Predicted to once again win the Pac-10, the Beavers were picked as high as No. 3 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper Poll and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. OSU is currently fourth in the conference at 15-7 (1-2). Dallas Buck, a 2005 All-American is leading the Beavers on the mound with a perfect 6-0 record in seven starts. The junior right-hander has 37 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched. At the plate, they are led by sohpmore short stop Barney Darwin who is batting .370 with 34 hits, five doubles and a triple, 14 RBI and 16 runs scored. OSU plays at Pacific on Tuesday before traveling to San Francisco for the Wednesday game with the Dons.

LAST MEETING: Oregon State 9, USF 6 (2/24/02) RBI Invitational at Riverside, CA

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF erupted for five runs in the fifth inning to take a slim 5-4 lead against Oregon State, but could not make it stand up, falling to the Beavers 9-6 in the final game of the 2002 RBI Invitational, hosted by UC Riverside. San Francisco pitching struggled, surrendering 18 Oregon State hits. Junior outfielder Nick Tarbat enjoyed a good day at the plate for the Dons, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Freshmen Jimmy Milkovich, Royce Fukuroku and senior catcher Steve Booth each knocked in a run for San Francisco. Junior right-hander Bryan Williams suffered the loss for USF, allowing three runs off five hits in 3.0 innings of work. Dons's right-handed starter Josh Reidt was battered for four runs off nine hits in 3.1 innings. Reidt recorded three of USF's five strikeouts on the day.

GAME #30-32 - SANTA CLARA BRONCOS

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: Last season, the Broncos finished in third place in the WCC West Division with an overall record of 28-28 (11-19 WCC). They are currently fourth in the WCC with a record of 15-11. Leading the Broncos on the mound is red-shirt freshman Matt Wickswat. The left-hander is 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six starts and has 22 strikeouts. Also starring on the mound is another red-shirt freshman, Daniel DeMarco. The right-hander is 5-1 in 14 appearances (all in relief) with a 4.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. At the plate, freshman outfielder Matt Long is batting .352 with 32 hits, five doubles, two triples and 13 RBI.

LAST MEETINGS: at USF 1, SCU 0 (3/24/05); at USF 6, SCU 4 (3/25/05); at USF 4, SCU 1 (3/26/05); USF 3, at SCU 2 (5/6/05); USF 5, at SCU 3 (5/7/05); at SCU 2, USF 1 (5/9/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: In 2005, USF won five of six games played between the two teams, sweeping the first set by scores of 1-0, 6-4, and 4-1. Those three wins were also the eighth, ninth, and tenth consecutive wins for the Dons. In the first game Nick Pereira struck out a career-high 13 Broncos. Junior Patrick McGuigan earned his fourth save in game two, and in game three, sophomore Scott Cousins won his sixth game and sophomores Lucas DeLong and Blake Nelson homered. Pereira threw a complete game gem in meeting number four and Cousins and sohpomore Jon Norfolk each homered. In game five, Cousins added his seventh homerun of the season and in the one loss to SCU, Cousins tossed a complete game and struck out a career-high 10 batters.

Stefan Gartrell CONTINUES TO PRODUCE: Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell continues to produce for USF at the plate and leads the club in RBI with 26 and now has 95 in his career. The San Francisco native needs just nine more to move into sole possession of 10th place on the career list, supplanting Gregg Omori (1998-99).

Lucas DeLong LEADS TEAM IN LONG BALLS: Junior outfielder Lucas DeLong hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season at Oral Roberts (3/26) and now has 13 career long balls.

HEAD COACH Nino Giarratano NEARS 200TH VICTORY AT USF: The 2005 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year needs just 1 win to reach the milestone of 200 victories as the head coach of the University of San Francisco. He currently has a total of 199. 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.

Scott Cousins NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR MARCH 13-19: Scott Cousins helped USF post a 3-1 mark on the week, and led the Dons to a pair of wins over New Mexico on the road over the weekend. Cousins batted .500 (8-for-16) in four games, driving in seven runs and scoring five times. The junior began the series at UNM with a 3-for-5 performance, clubbing a triple and driving in three runs. Cousins went 2-for-4 in each of the next two contests in the series, scoring four times and hitting his first home run of the season on Sunday.

Patrick McGuigan NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR MARCH 6-12: Senior right-hander, Patrick McGuigan was 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 (3/11), 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 (3/8), 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 4-1 (after a win in relief against New Mexico on Saturday) with a 3.67 ERA and 32 strikeouts.

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.

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 dollar 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.