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USF Hosts UC Davis for a Non-Conference Game on Tuesday

May 1, 2006

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USF HOSTS UC DAVIS AND TRAVELS TO MORAGA FOR A THREE GAME SET WITH WCC RIVAL SAINT MARYS: UC Davis will make a trip to Benedetti Diamond for a one game non-conference match up with the Dons on Tuesday at 3:00 PM. USF returns to WCC action and to the road when they travel to Moraga, CA for a three game slate with Saint Mary's this weekend. Friday's game is set for 3:00 PM with Saturday's and Sunday's games starting at 1:00 PM.

Scott Cousins NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior left-handed pitcher/outfielder Scott Cousins was named the West Coast Conference/Rawlings Player of the Week for April 24-30, 2006. The selection is Cousins' second on the year, the first coming for the week of March 13-19. At the plate, Cousins batted .643 (9-14) in four ballgames to bring his overall batting average to a healthy .337. The Reno, NV native connected for two homeruns, scored four runs and collected six RBI. He also added a stolen base, bringing his team leading total to 18. Cousins did even better on the mound, throwing a complete game shutout against No. 24 San Diego on Friday (4/28). The North Valley High School alum struck out seven batters and only allowed six hits and two walks.

LAST WEEK: USF went 3-1 last week, beating Cal in the Inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park on Tuesday. Over the weekend, the Dons took 2-3 from No. 24 San Diego. On Friday, Junior left-hander Scott Cousins did damage on both sides of the plate, throwing a complete game shutout and adding two hits. Cousins struck out seven batters and only allowed six hits and two walks, keeping the Toreros from crossing the plate. As a batter, Cousins was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Sophomore left fielder Luke Sommer was 2-for-4 and did the most damage in the bottom of the fourth as he stroked a one out bases loaded triple to right field to put the Dons on the board and give them a lead they would not relinquish. In game two, USF continued to stymie the Toreros, beating them 5-0 and held San Diego scoreless for 18 consecutive innings. USF got another incredible pitching performance from sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda (4-2) who tossed 8.2 scoreless innings, only giving up four hits, three walks and striking out one. Over 70% of Poreda's pitches went for strikes on the afternoon and he lowered his ERA to 2.12. In the final game of the series, San Diego, pushed three runs across in the first innings, their first in 27 innings, and held onto the lead to with the game 9-3. Cousins homered and Stefan Gartrell earned his team leading 49th RBI.

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 15

GAME #48 - UC DAVIS AGGIES

SCOUTING DAVIS: After winning eight of their first 13 games, the Aggies fell off that pace and are currently 13-26 on the season. Leading them at the plate with an impressive .405 (53-131) average in 36 games is senior catcher Tyler LaTorre who has six doubles and a homerun, 23 RBI, 26 runs scored and five stolen bases. He leads the team with both a .473 slugging percentage and a .490 on base percentage. He has also been a factor on the mound, going 1-1 in three appearances with a 2.16 ERA.

LAST MEETING: at Davis 8, USF 4 (2/21/06)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: USF struck first in the contest, scoring two runs in the fourth. San Francisco natives Stefan Gartrell and Daniel Morales had RBI singles in the inning. Joey Railey went 2-for-4 in the game and added an RBI in the fifth. Scott Cousins scored an unearned run in the eighth. The Aggies big blow came in the bottom of the frame as they scored five runs off seven singles. They added runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings to solidify the win. The bright spot for USF was the return of junior Scott Cousins to the mound. Only being able to play in the field and bat because of an arm injury, Cousins made his 2006 mound debut in Tuesday's game. The left-hander threw one inning of scoreless ball, retiring all three batters he faced.

GAME #49-51 - SAINT MARY'S GAELS

SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S: Last season, the Gaels finished with a 20-30, 12-18 WCC record, good for seventh place. This season, they are currently 24-18, 9-6 WCC and share second place with USF. Senior outfielder Sam Carter, a WCC First-Team selection for 2005 leads the team with a .372 (58-156) batting average, 12 doubles, 10 homeruns and 46 RBI. He also runs a bit, adding six stolen bases. On the mound, senior right-hander Dan Lewis is 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 17 appearances. Senior right-hander Corey Madden is 6-1 with a 2.83 ERA in 11 games with a complete game, and senior right-hander Joel Fountain is 7-3, 5.33 ERA in 13 appearances with a complete game.

LAST MEETINGS: at USF 8, SMU 7 (4/15/05); at USF 10, SMU 6 (4/16/05); at USF 7, SMU 2 (4/17/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: In game one, sophomore outfielder Lucas DeLong hit a towering two-run homerun down the right field line to give the Dons an early 2-0 lead. Junior outfielder Jonnie Knoble delivered an RBI single in the third and freshman infielder Mitchell Bialosky hit a two-out homerun in the bottom of the fourth. In game two, USF tallied seven runs in the first three innings to take the 7-0 lead. USF added two runs in the third and fifth innings and a single run in the seventh inning to bring their run total to 10. In the final game, USF erupted for six unanswered runs in the eighth inning, securing a 7-2 win. San Francisco struck first in the third inning as junior infielder Andrew Smith led of with a single, reached second on a sacrifice by sophomore catcher Jon Norfolk and scored on an RBI single by freshman shortstop Tavo Hall. Sophomore left-hander Scott Cousins pitched well, allowing two runs off six hits in 7.0 innings and struck out five.

Stefan Gartrell MOVES UP ON THE RBI LIST: Senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell continues to climb the USF career RBI chart. The San Francisco native currently leads the team with 49 and shares fifth place on the career list with Joe Jacobitz (2002-04) and Tony Hurtado (1997-00) at 118. Armand Gaerlan (2001-04) ranks fourth with 123 RBI. In USF's last ten games, Gartrell is batting .351 with 13 hits (two doubles and two homeruns), 17 RBI, and ten runs scored and a stolen base. He needs three more to jump into the top ten on the single season chart.

Patrick McGuigan STILL THROWING WELL: Senior right-handed pitcher Patrick McGuigan has a dazzling 9-2 record on the season. McGuigan's two losses came nearly three months apart, with the first coming in the Dons season opener at UC Riverside (2/3/06) and the second against No. 24 San Diego (4/30/06). McGuigan is now 19-7 in his career, good for sole possession of second 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. With 159 career strikeouts, the USF career saves leader is now tied for eighth place on the `K' list with Rich Igou (1995-97). He needs just seven more to catch Ken Bowman (1972-75) at 166. On the season, McGuigan owns a 3.35 ERA, allowing 45 runs (33 earned) off 92 hits and has struck out 55 and walked just 15 in 88.2 innings.

Scott Cousins A THREAT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL: Junior left-handed pitcher/outfielder Scott Cousins has been spectacular as of late, both on the mound and at the plate. As a pitcher, Cousins owns a 4-2 record with a 2.76 ERA which continues to plummet. Cousins earned his 12th career victory at No. 24 San Diego April 28, throwing a complete game shutout, allowing only two hits and struck out seven Toreros. In 58.2 innings, Cousins owns a 40/12 strikeout/walk ratio. Against Top-25 teams, Cousins is 2-0 with a 0.53 ERA. The 2005 West Coast Conference First Team selection also gets it done at the plate, batting .337 with six doubles, two triples, five home runs, 33 RBI and a team-high 18 stolen bases. In the last ten games, Cousins is batting .486 with 18 hits (two doubles and two homeruns) with 13 RBI, nine runs scored, and leads the team with a .703 slugging percentage and five stolen bases.

DAZZLING Aaron Poreda: Sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda continues to dazzle for the Dons after collecting his fifth win of the season against No. 24 San Diego (4/29), throwing 8.2 scoreless innings, only allowing four hits and struck out a batter. He is 2-0 in his last two starts with a miniscule 0.54 ERA, allowing just one run. Poreda tossed the first complete game of his career at Oral Roberts (3/23), allowing one run off five hits and struck out a career-high nine in collecting his second win of the season. Poreda ranks second on the team with a 2.12 ERA, allowing just 33 runs (20 earned) and owns a 5-4 record with 58 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 85.0 innings.

RAILEY STAYS HOT: Sophomore infielder Joey Railey continues to create havoc at the top of the order for the Dons and leads the club in batting (.348), hits (62), walks (31) and is second in on base percentage (.446) and stolen bases (12). Railey has tallied 10 doubles, two triples and 21 RBI.

Luke Sommer GOING FOR EXTRA BASES: Sophomore Luke Sommer has been pounding out extra base hits all season long. Of his 27 hits on the year, 14 of them have gone for extra bases (12 doubles and two triples). In his last ten games, 5-of-7 have been extras (four doubles and one triple). On the season, Sommer has 18 RBI, 16 runs scored and a stolen base.

DELONG'S POWER THREAT: Junior outfielder Lucas DeLong leads the team in long balls this season with six. He also has seven doubles and a triple, good for a .438 slugging percentage.

Cole Stipovich CONFUSING BATTERS: Sophomore left-hander Cole Stipovich, who leads the team with a 1.62 ERA out of the pen, has been phenomenal the past two weeks. He earned his first win of the season April 17 at Stanford, throwing three innings of relief, allowing only one run on four hits and struck out two. His second win came at AT&T Park in the Inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic on April 25. Stipovich beat Cal, facing only one batter in the ninth. In WCC games, the left-handed specialist has a tiny 1.12 ERA and has only allowed one run on five hits.

Andrew Smith IN HIS COMFORT ZONE: Senior Andrew Smith has found his comfort zone in the WCC, batting .309 versus conference foes. In 15 games, Smith has 17 hits, six RBI, eight runs scored and four stolen bases. In all games, he leads the team with eight sacrifice hits. For the year, Smith is batting .330 with 29 hits, including a homerun, nine RBI, 17 runs scored and ten stolen bases.

WCC LEADERS: USF is second in the West Coast Conference with a team ERA of 3.67. Individually, 10 players hold top-ten spots in 18 categories. Scott Cousins leads the pack with seven rankings, including second in stolen bases (18), tied for fourth in walks (28), tied for fifth in runs scored (39), tied for second in both shutouts (1) and complete games (2), fifth in ERA (2.76) and eighth in opponents batting average (.256). Patrick McGuigan follows closely with six rankings, including first in complete games (3), and shutouts (2), tie for first in wins (9), tied for fourth in innings pitched (88.2), seventh in strikeouts (55), and tenth in ERA (3.35). Joey Railey and Aaron Poreda have four each with Railey coming in second in base on balls (31), third in on base percentage (.446), fifth in stolen bases (12), and tied for seventh in hits (62) and Poreda coming in first in ERA (2.12), tied for second in games started (13), tied for sixth in strikeouts (58), and seventh in Innnings pitched (85.0). Stefan Gartrell and John Quine have two top ten rankings, with Gartrell coming in tied for first in RBI (49) and tied for fifth in doubles (13) and Quine coming in tied for fifth in both appearances (19) and saves (3). Falling in with one apiece are Lucas DeLong with six home runs (tied for seventh), Andrew Smith with 10 stolen bases (seventh), Jeff Gordon with three saves (tied for fifth), and Brian Anderson is tied for second with one shutout.

TEAM NOTES: USF is two wins shy of 30 and this will be the first time ever that the Dons have had back-to-back 30 win seasons... The last time USF shutout back-to-back opponents was 3/20/05 against Portland (5-0) and 3/24/05 against Santa Clara (1-0)... USF won its eighth series in its last nine with an impressive showing against No. 24 San Diego. The Dons posted back-to-back shutouts against the Toreros, winning 4-0 and 5-0, before falling in the series finale. With the wins, San Francisco improves to 5-2 against the top-25 this season... San Francisco owns a 5-2 record against Top-25 opponents this season, batting .290 with 11 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 29 RBI and have out-scored the national elite 31-19. Dons pitching has recorded a stingy 2.32 ERA with a strikeout/walk ratio of 29/12... With back-to-back shutouts against No. 24 San Diego, USF pitching has recorded six shutouts to go along with a 3.65 team ERA and own a strikeout/walk ratio of 258/104... USF's starting rotation of Jr. LHP Scott Cousins (4-2, 2.76), So. LHP Aaron Poreda (5-4, 2.12) and Sr. RHP Patrick McGuigan (9-2, 3.35) boast a combined record of 18-8 with a 2.75 ERA and own a collective strikeout/walk ratio of 153/46... During West Coast Conference play, USF pitching owns a 9-6 record with a 2.81 ERA with a strikeout/walk ratio of 73/25... After a 5-11 start, the Dons have posted a 23-8 record and have won eight of their last nine series (Georgetown 3-0; at New Mexico, 2-1; Utah Valley State, 2-0; at Oral Roberts, 3-0; at Santa Clara, 2-1; at No. 22 Pepperdine, 2-1; Portland, 2-1; at Gonzaga, 1-2; No. 24 San Diego, 2-1)... San Francisco owns a 12-3 record at Benedetti Diamond this season, and have played an incredible 30 road games, posting a 15-15 slate... USF owns a 9-6 record during West Coast Conference action boosted by the pitching staff which owns sparkling 2.81 ERA, allowing just 35 extra-base hits in 131.1 innings. The Dons staff boasts a strikeout to walk ratio of 73/25 during league contests... After defeating San Diego's Bruan Matusz April 28, the Dons improved to 11-5 on the season against left-handed starters. USF owns a 17-14 mark against right-handers.

Blake Nelson DOING WELL OFF THE BENCH: Junior untility player Blake Nelson seems to be relishing his role off the bench. In 30 games played (13 starts), Nelson is batting .317 with 19 hits (four doubles), five RBI, and nine runs scored. He is also tearing it up versus WCC opponents, leading the team with a .476 average and a .619 slugging percentage in 10 games. Nelson has 10 hits (three doubles), three RBI and has scored four runs.

BACIGALUPI BEATING UP THE WCC: In eight games played versus the WCC, junior infielder Chris Bacigalupi is batting .333 with four hits (one double and a homerun) with an RBI and five runs scored. In that span he also leads the team with four hit-by-pitches.

Nick Delyon EARNS FIRST COLLEGIATE STRIKEOUT: Freshman left-hander Nick Delyon pitched in his first West Coast Conference against Portland (4/15), throwing 0.2 innings and earned his first collegiate strikeout.

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.