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USF Baseball Travels To Portland For West Coast Conference Series

April 18, 2007

DONS HEAD NORTH FOR THREE VERSUS PORTLAND: USF travels to Oregon for a three-game West Coast Conference series with the Portland Pilots this weekend. Friday's game time is 3:00 PM with 1:00 PM starts on Saturday and Sunday.

LAST WEEK: In a mid-week game last Tuesday, USF defeated Sacramento State 8-1. USF and Sac State met the most (5) of any other Dons opponenet in 2007. Freshman right-hander Alex Kalogrides (1-0) earned his first win as a Don, throwing 4.0 innings of shutout baseball, only allowing five hits and adding a strikeout. Junior left-hander Matt Baugh had the best outing of his career on the Hill Top, throwing 3.0 innings of relief with one earned run off four hits. Baugh struck out a career high eight hornets. Senior Jon Norfolk hit his first homerun of the year, a three-run shot to right in the first inning. Freshman Bobby Ethel also homered in the contest, his second of the season.

A three-run ninth inning made for an exciting ending to an otherwise unspectacular West Coast Conference match-up between the University of San Francisco and No. 7 Pepperdine at Benedetti Diamond on Friday afternoon. USF fell to the Waves 10-3. Trailing 10-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, Sr. pinch hitter Chris Bacigalupi smacked a lead-off homerun over the tall left field fence to eliminate a Pepperdine shutout. So. pinch-hitter Zack Kim singled to center and advanced to third on Sr. OF Lucas DeLong's single up the middle. Fr. INF Derek Poppert, singled to right, scoring Kim. DeLong then scored on Jr. INF Joey Railey's double through the right side. Waves Jr. RHP Barry Enright (9-1) was nearly untouchable in his start, scattering five hits and not allowing a run in 8.0 innings of work. Enright struck out seven Dons, while only walking one. Dons starter, Jr. LHP Aaron Poreda, (5-4) didn't fare as well in his 7.0 innings of work, allowing five runs (four earned) off 8 hits. Poreda struck out four and didn't allow a walk.

Another ninth-inning rally fell short for the University of San Francisco as it fell to No. 7 Pepperdine 6-4 on Saturday afternoon. Norfolk smacked a lead-off double and scored on Sr. designated hitter Blake Nelson's double to left. An out later, Poppert singled to put runners on first and second, but the next two batters flied out to end the threat. Baugh (1-2) earned the loss in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) off five hits, two walks, and struck out one in 2.2 innings of work. Sr. RHP Jason Dufloth started the game, but only worked 4.2 innings and gave up three earned runs off five hits, two walks and struck out two.

USF avoided a three game sweep at the hands of No. 7 Pepperdine by taking the final game 5-4 over the Waves. Dons pitchers held the Waves to only five base knocks in the contest, while USF recorded 10. Sr. RHP John Quine (4-2) earned the win in relief, striking out six in 4.0 innings. Quine didn't allow a run off one hit and a walk. Sr. LHP Cole Stipovich earned his first save of the season, facing one batter in the ninth and retiring him on a one-to-three put out. Jr. first baseman Mitchell Bialosky homered for the second time in as many games, with a first inning two-RBI shot to right, putting the Dons up early 2-0. Jr. right-fielder Luke Sommer had previously reached on a Texas-leaguer that caught some wind and fell to the left of Waves junior shortstop Danny Worth. Norfolk, Chavez and Poppert all had two hits on the day, with Poppert adding two RBI. Bialosky had two RBI also. Railey, Sommer, and senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble each singled in the contest.


GAME #39-41 - PORTLAND PILOTS (14-20, 2-7 WCC)

SCOUTING PORTLAND: After going 15-37, 3-18 WCC in 2006, Portland returned 20 letterwinners from last year, including seven position starters and three starting pitchers, and welcomed 16 newcomers to the fold. The pitching staff features three juniors and one senior as starters, including junior Given Kutz (4-4, 3.86, 62 strikeouts in 70 innings), who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury after being the Pilots' top starter in 2005. The bullpen features six upperclassmen, including three seniors. Portland, which led the conference in home runs last season with 42, also returned some offensive punch despite the loss of All-WCC performers Matt Peters (.332, 9 HR, 46 RBI) and Travis Vetters (.281, 6, 36) to graduation. Leading the Pilots at the plate is So. INF Chase Powell (.327, 9 doubles, 1 HR).

LAST MEETINGS: POR 3, USF 2 (4/13/06); USF 10, POR 5 (4/14/06); USF 14, POR 7 (4/15/06)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: Playing at Benedetti Diamond for the first time since March 22 didn't help USF as they fell to Portland 3-2 in West Coast Conference action on Thursday afternoon. The Dons out-hit the Pilots 10-7, but failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position, leaving 12 runners on base. On the day, Railey and Norfolk were both 2-for-5 with runs scored, and Gartrell was also 2-for-5 with an RBI. DeLong added a double and an RBI. Sophomore left-fielder Luke Sommer doubled in the second. Smith added a single, and freshman infielder George Lujan smacked his second career hit in the third. Don starter Cousins threw seven innings, allowing only three runs (two earned) off five hits and struck out four while not allowing a free pass. Junior right-hander John Quine finished the game, going two scoreless innings, striking out three and only giving up two hits.

USF took advantage of their base runners in Friday's game as they beat the University of Portland 10-5 in West Coast Conference action at Benedetti Diamond. The Dons won for the 17th time in their last 21 games. USF took a big lead in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs. Bacigalupi hit his first homerun as a Don in the third inning, a moon-shot over the left-field fence to make it 6-0. USF capped their scoring in the sixth with junior left-fielder Scott Cousins two-run homerun - his second of the year - to right that hit off the top of the scoreboard. Sophomore right-hander Aaron Poreda (3-4) earned the win, throwing seven strong innings, allowing four runs (all earned) off seven hits with seven strikeouts and only one walk.

USF continued their offensive onslaught on Saturday as they defeated the University of Portland 14-7 at Benedetti Diamond in West Coast Conference Action. The 14 runs are the most scored by the Dons in a game this season, and the win over the Pilots marks USF's seventh consecutive series victory and 18th win in their last 22 games. Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan (9-1) earned the win, throwing six innings, allowing five runs (only one earned) on ten hits, with three strikeouts and one walk. The win moves him into third place on the season victories chart, one behind Nick Pereira who had ten wins in 2005. With the three strikeouts, McGuigan's career total is 157, which moves him into a ninth place tie with Greg Sinclair (1968-69). Before the senior gave up a run in the second, he had pitched 12 scoreless innings, dating back to April 2, when he defeated Santa Clara 6-2 and including a 2-0 shutout victory over Pepperdine on April 9.

WCC LEADERS: (As of 4/16). As a team, USF is second in the WCC in team fielding with a .975 percentage (36 errors in 431 chances) and is third in team pitching with a 4.01 team ERA. Individually, nine Dons hold spots in 10 different categories. Mitchell Bialosky leads all Dons with four spots, including tied for fourth in homeruns (5), sixth in RBI (32), eighth in slugging percentage (.512), and ninth in batting average (.350). Luke Sommer joins Bialosky in the fourth spot with homeruns (5). Jon Norfolk is eighth in batting average with a .353. Brian Chavez is fifth in doubles with 11. Jonnie Knoble (16), Tavo Hall (13), and Joey Railey (10) are third, fourth and sixth respectively in stolen bases. On the mound, Aaron Poreda has three spots, sixth in ERA with 3.29, eighth in opponents batting average (.256) and tied for ninth in innings pitched with 68.1. Cole Stipovich is tied for fourth with 20 appearances.

WHO'S HOT FOR THE DONS: In four games last week, Mitchell Bialosky batted .357 (5-14) with a double, two homeruns and six RBI. Jon Norfolk batted .417 (5-12) with a double, his first homerun of the season, and three RBI. Bobby Ethel smacked his second homerun of the season and added a double and an RBI in batting .600 (3-5). Derek Poppert batted .417 (5-12) with a double and three RBI. Chris Bacigalupi batted .333 (1-3) with his first homerun of the season. Brian Chavez added two doubles to his team leading total. On the mound, John Quine earned a victory in relief over No. 7 Pepperdine, not giving up a run in 5.0 innings, only allowing three hits and a walk, and struck out seven Waves. Freshman Alex Kalogrides earned his first win as a Don, throwing 5.0 innings, giving up no runs off five hits, no walks and added one strikeout. Cole Stipovich earned his first save of the season in the win over No. 7 Pepperdine.

A LOOK AHEAD: USF takes on UC Davis in non-conference action on Tuesday April 24 at Benedetti Diamond with first pitch set for 2:00 PM. The Dons return to West Coast Conference play when it hosts Gonzaga for a three game set April 27-29. Friday's game is set to start at 3:00 PM with Saturday's and Sunday's first pitches set for 1:00 PM.