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USF Hosts WCC Rival San Diego for a Weekend Set at Benedetti Diamond

April 27, 2006

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USF HOSTS SAN DIEGO IN WCC ACTION: San Diego will travel North this weekend, for a three game West Coast Conference set at Benedetti Diamond. Friday's game will begin at 3:00 PM with Saturday's and Sunday's games starting at 1:00 PM.

DANTE BENEDETTI CLASSIC: In the First Annual Dante Benedetti Classic, USF came from behind to defeat Cal 7-6 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Cal scored early, plating three runs in the first inning with a three-run blast to right field. In the fourth, the Dons took the lead, scoring four runs. Senior shortstop Andrew Smith singled to center and junior left-fielder Scott Cousins followed with a single to right. San Francisco native, senior right-fielder Stefan Gartrell singled to left to score Smith and move his team leading RBI total up to 46. An out later, junior catcher Daniel Morales pounded a shot out to the left field bleachers to make it 5-3. Cal tied it in the fifth, but Cousins put USF back in the lead in the bottom half of the inning with his third homerun of the year, a mammoth shot that cleared the right field wall. The Bears tried to mount a comeback, tying the game in the ninth with consecutive doubles, but sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich came in and retired the last batter of the inning. USF won the game on consecutive doubles of their own, as with one out, freshman second baseman George Lujan doubled to right and scored on sophomore third baseman Joey Railey's double to left. Stipovich (2-1) earned the victory, facing only one batter in 0.1 innings of work.

DANTE BENEDETTI CLASSIC GAME NOTES: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome threw out the first of two Ceremonial First Pitches with Dante Benedetti's daughters, Sandra (Bendetti) Luna & Claudia Benedetti, throwing out the second... Tuesday's inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic between California and the University of San Francisco was the first collegiate game played at AT&T Park... The contest celebrates 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... Cal's junior outfielder Brennan Boesch (10) became the first collegiate player to hit a home run - a three-run blast in the first off the Levi's Landing façade in right field. USF junior catcher Daniel Morales (3) answered with a three-run blast to left in the Dons four-run fourth. Golden Bear shortstop Mike Craig (9) led off the fifth with a homer over the Chevron cars in left. USF countered with a solo shot into the arcade by junior outfielder Scott Cousins (4) in the fifth.

USF BASEBALL IN CYBERSPACE: All remaining games on the 2006 USF Baseball schedule will feature live audio broadcasts on USFDons.com, courtesy of Yahoo Sports. In addition, all home contests at Benedetti Diamond feature live video streaming with a three camera setup staffed by San Francisco State. Simply click on the "listen" or "watch" links and then select the game. GameTracker, courtesy of CSTV.com with live play-by-play will also be available.

SCOUTING REPORT - WEEK 14

GAMES #45-47 - SAN DIEGO TOREROS

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO: The Toreros finished the season in second place in the WCC coast division with an overall record of 30-27-1 and 16-14 in conference. The 30 wins marked the sixth year in a row San Diego finished with 30 or more victories. The WCC coaches picked them to finish second to Pepperdine in this seasons Poll and are currently 25-18, 7-5 WCC under 8th year coach Rich Hill. Leading the Toreros at the plate is junior shortstop Steve Singleton who is batting .352 in 43 games with 64 hits (11 doubles and four homeruns), 28 RBI, 24 runs scored, .478 slugging and four stolen bases. On the mound, junior right-hander Josh Butler is 8-4 with a 2.20 ERA in 11 starts. He has pitched one complete game shutout, and has 69 strikeouts in 81.2 innings. In USD's last game, the Toreros fell to UC Irvine 11-0 behind a no-hitter by UCI's Glenn Swanson.

LAST MEETINGS: USF 3, at San Diego 2 (11) (4/29/05); at San Diego 5, USF 3 (4/30/05); San Diego 3, USF 2 (5/1/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: In USF's lone win against San Diego last season, the Dons defeated San Diego 3-2 in 11 innings. Freshman infielder Joey Railey delivered a one-out RBI single to left field to score junior third baseman Andrew Smith in the top of the 11th to give the Dons the 3-2 lead. Junior right-hander Patrick McGuigan got the Toreros in order in the bottom of the 11th to give the Dons their eighth consecutive victory. In game two, USF got on the board in the top of the fourth when Smith drove a ball to the right-center field gap for a triple to drive in two runs Dons and cut the lead in half to 4-2. The Dons would score again in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI fielder's choice by freshman shortstop Tavo Hall, to cut the lead to 4-3, but could not get anymore. In the final game of the series, USF held a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, but San Diego rallied for three in the bottom of the frame to take the 3-2 victory. Cousins tossed 8.1 innings, allowing one run off four hits and struck out a pair and looked to be in line for his ninth win of the year, before the Torero bats collected three hits off USF relievers in the ninth.