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USF Travels to Cal for a Make-up Game on Tuesday; Hosts Loyola Marymount This Weekend.

May 8, 2006

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USF TRAVELS TO CAL TO MAKE UP A GAME ON TUESDAY, THEN HOSTS WCC RIVAL LOYOLA MARYMOUNT THIS WEEKEND: USF will travel across the Bay to Berkeley to take on the Cal Bears in a non-conference make up match on Tuesday. Game time is set for 2:30 PM. This weekend, the Dons return to WCC action, hosting Loyola Marymount for a three game set. Friday's action begins at 3:00 PM with Saturday's and Sunday's games starting at 1:00 PM.

USF WINS 30 GAMES FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR: With four wins last week, USF has won 30 or more games for the second straight season and is now the first team in University of San Francisco Athletic history to win 30 or more games in back-to-back seasons. With six games remaining in the 2006 regular season, San Francisco has already won more games in the last two seasons (70) than any team in program history.

Scott Cousins NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL: After another dominating month on the mound and at the plate, USF junior LHP/OF Scott Cousins earned West Coast Conference Player of the Month honors. One of the premier two-way players in the nation, Cousins batted at a .366 clip with three doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI in 18 games and ended the month on a seven-game hitting streak. The Reno native was just as dazzling on the mound, posting a 3-2 record in five starts with a miniscule 1.56 ERA in 40.1 innings. Cousins hurled a pair of complete games starting the month with a 6-2 win at Santa Clara (4/1) and capped the month with a dominant 4-0 shutout of No. 24 San Diego. With his complete game shutout against the Toreros, Cousins moved into a share of 10th place on the USF career wins record with 12 and has now gone the distance six times in 23 career starts. His second strikeout at Gonzaga (4/21) gave him 100 career punch outs.

Stefan Gartrell NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR MAY 1-7:USF senior outfielder Stefan Gartrell led the Dons to a 4-0 week, vaulting the Dons into a share of the league lead. The San Francisco native hit .500 (8-16) with a double, two home runs and seven RBI to go along with four runs and three walks (one intentional). Gartrell saved his home runs for the Gaels, tying the opening game of the series at 3-3 to lead off the seventh and then drove in the winning run the following inning on a single. After collecting a pair of hits, including an RBI double in game two, Gartrell continued to shine in the finale leading the Dons to their first WCC sweep of the season. Gartrell broke a 4-4 tie with his second solo shot of the series in the sixth and then added an important insurance run in the eighth on an RBGI single. With his seven RBI week, Gartrell now has 56 in 51 games and moved into sole possession of third place on the Dons career RBI list (125) and currently ranks sixth on the USF single season list with five games remaining in the 2006 regular season. Gartrell drove in just three runs as a freshman in limited action.



SCOUTING CAL: The Golden Bears finished 2005 34-23 overall, 13-11 in the Pac-10, normally a record warranting post-season play, and now have something in common with the Dons. They too were denied a spot in a NCAA post-season regional. Their 2006 motto, `Leave No Doubt' is their rallying cry to play tough and receive a regional berth at the end of the season. Cal is currently 24-24 and 9-12 in the tough Pac-10 Conference. Leading the Bears at the plate is senior infielder Craig Allen, who is batting .361 with 13 doubles, 10 homeruns, 31 RBI and a .582 slugging percentage. On the mound, junior right-hander Brandon Morrow has a 7-3 record with a 1.74 ERA and 96 strikeouts to only 36 walks and two complete games in 93.1 innings.

LAST MEETINGS: USF 4, at Cal 3 (2/7/06); USF 7, Cal 6 at AT&T Park (4/25/06).

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: 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. Trailing 3-1 in the fourth, USF scored four runs, highlighted by Daniel Morales' three-run homerun to left. Scott Cousins added a homerun of his own in the fifth and Joey Railey delivered the winning shot, a run scoring double in the ninth.


SCOUTING LMU: The Lions finished the 2005 season with a 31-27 overall record and a first place West Coast Conference `Coast' Division finish with an 18-12 record. LMU is currently 21-27, 8-7, good for fourth place in the restructured WCC. Leading the way for the Lions on the mound is sophomore right-hander Brad Meyers who is 7-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 96.0 innings pitched. Helping out is WCC Pitcher of the Week for May 1-7, junior left-hander Daniel Macias, who threw a two-hit complete game shut-out versus Gonzaga on Sunday. At the plate, senior outfielder Erik Johnson leads the way with a .366 batting average, 15 doubles, three homeruns, 40 RBI and a .506 slugging percentage.

LAST MEETINGS: at USF 11, LMU 4 (4/22/05); at USF 2, LMU 1 (4/23/05); at USF 8, LMU 5 (4/24/05)

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DONS: With the 11-4 win on Friday, the Dons moved into first place in the West Division of the WCC. Sophomore OF/LHP Scott Cousins started the scoring for the Dons in the first inning, when he slugged a fastball over the left-centerfield fence for a two-run homerun. Senior Nick Pereira (8-2) picked up the victory for the Dons in seven strong innings of work. On Saturday, USF defeated LMU 2-1 in 10 innings. Senior second baseman Royce Fukuroku drove in junior outfielder Jonnie Knoble with the bases loaded and one-out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Dons their sixth consecutive victory. Junior right-hander Patrick McGuigan (4-1) picked up the victory for the Dons in relief. On Sunday, left-hander Scott Cousins pitched 8.1 innings to pick up the 8-5 victory over the Lions. Junior first baseman Jacob Abramson launched his first career homerun in the second inning.

LAST WEEK: USF defeated UC Davis 12-7 in non-conference baseball action at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. With the score tied at one, USF took a two run lead in the bottom of the second when sophomore Luke Sommer led off the inning with his first homerun of the season and senior shortstop Andrew Smith added a two-out RBI single to center. Junior catcher Daniel Morales added a three-run bomb over the left-field fence in the sixth. Junior right-hander John Quine (3-3) got the win for USF, throwing 2.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on two hits, one walk and struck out five Aggies... Over the weekend, USF swept WCC rival Saint Mary's in a crucial three-game set. On Friday, the Dons had a thrilling come-from-behind 6-4 win. Stefan Gartrell and Luke Sommer homered for the Dons. John Quine (4-3) picked up the win in relief for the Dons, allowing one hit in 1.1 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Senior right-hander Patrick McGuigan collected his second save of the season, recording two strikeouts and needed just 10 pitches to secure the Dons victory... On Saturday, USF baseball scored four runs in the second inning and it was all sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda (6-4) would need in a 5-3 win. Poreda turned in another strong outing, allowing three runs off six hits and struck out five in 7.0 innings using only 85 pitches and retired the side with six in the fifth, seven in the sixth... On Sunday, USF completed the sweep with a 7-6 win. Cousins and Gartrell each smashed three hits and McGuigan earned his third consecutive save, fourth on the year. With two RBI, Gartrell is now in sole posession of third place all-time with 125 career RBI.

Patrick McGuigan STARTING AND SAVING: Senior right-handed pitcher Patrick McGuigan has a dazzling 9-2 record on the season and has recoreded four saves. 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 165 career strikeouts, the USF career saves leader is now in sole posession of eighth place on the career `K' chart. He needs just one more to catch Ken Bowman (1972-75) at 166. Over the weekend, McGuigan earned three consecutive saves against Saint Mary's. He recorded two strikeouts on 10 pitches on Friday and two strikeouts on Sunday on only six pitches. On the season, McGuigan owns a 3.25 ERA, allowing 45 runs (33 earned) off 94 hits and has struck out 61 and walked just 16 in 88.2 innings.

Aaron Poreda CONTINUES TO SHINE: Sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda continues to dazzle for the Dons after collecting his sixth win of the season against Saint Mary's (5/6), throwing 7.0 innings, only allowing three runs on six hits and struck out five batters, using only 85 pitches. He is 3-0 in his last three starts, allowing just four 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 first on the team with a 2.252 ERA, allowing just 36 runs (23 earned) and owns a 6-4 record with 63 strikeouts and just 21 walks in 92.0 innings.

RAILEY SATYS HOT: Sophomore infielder Joey Railey continues to create havoc at the top of the order for the Dons and leads the club in batting (.356), hits (69), walks (34) and is second in stolen bases (14) and third in on base percentage (.448). Railey has tallied 11 doubles, two triples, one homerun and 24 RBI.

Luke Sommer GOING FOR EXTRA BASES: Sophomore Luke Sommer has been pounding out extra base hits all season long. Of his 33 hits on the year, 17 of them have gone for extra bases (12 doubles, three triples and two homeruns). Over the weekend, Sommer went 5-for-12 with a triple and a homerun.

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 3.72. Individually, 12 players hold top-ten spots in 21 categories. Scott Cousins (second in stolen bases with 18, tied for sixth in walks with 28, tied for seventh in runs scored 41, ninth in RBI with 38, tied for second in both complete games with two and shutouts with one, and eighth in ERA with 3.03) and Stefan Gartrell (first in RBI with 56, tied for fifth in on base percentage with .442, tie for sixth in both total bases with 100 and slugging percentage with .538, tied for eighth in homeruns with 6, tied for ninth in doubles with 14 and tied for tenth in hits with 66) lead the pack with seven rankings. Patrick McGuigan follows closely with six rankings, including first in complete games (3), and shutouts (2), second in wins (9), tied for fifth in saves (4), and eighth in both strikeouts (61) and innings pitched (91.1). Joey Railey and Aaron Poreda have five each with Railey coming in tied for first in base on balls (34), third in on base percentage (.453), sixth in both hits (69) and stolen bases (14), and ninth in batting average (.356) and Poreda coming in first in ERA (2.35), tied for second in games started (14), seventh in both strikeouts (63) and innnings pitched (92.0), and tied for eighth in wins (6). John Quine has two top ten rankings coming in sixth in appearances (22) and tied for sixth in saves (3). Falling in with one apiece are Lucas DeLong with six home runs (tied for eighth), Andrew Smith with 12 stolen bases (tied for ninth), Luke Sommer with three triples (tied for fifth), Jeff Gordon with three saves (tied for sixth), Cole Stipovich with 20 appearances (tied for eighth) and Brian Anderson is tied for second with one shutout.

TEAM NOTES: With the win over Saint Mary's on Friday, the Diamond Dons are the first athletic team in USF history to win 30+ games in back-to-back seasons... USF shutout San Diego in two consecutive games this season, 4-0 (4/28) and 5-0 (4/29)... 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 ninth series in its last ten with an impressive showing against Saint Mary's, sweeping the Gaels 6-4, 5-3, and 7-6... 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, 3.03), So. LHP Aaron Poreda (6-4, 2.25) and Sr. RHP Patrick McGuigan (9-2, 3.25) boast a combined record of 19-8 with a 2.84 ERA and own a collective strikeout/walk ratio of 169/52... During West Coast Conference play, USF pitching owns a 12-6 record with a 2.90 ERA with a strikeout/walk ratio of 100/33... After a 5-11 start, the Dons have posted a 27-8 record and have won nine of their last 10 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; Saint Mary's 3-0)... San Francisco owns a 13-3 record at Benedetti Diamond this season, and have played an incredible 33 road games, posting a 18-15 slate... The Dons started out the season at 3-9 on the road, but have gone 15-6 in games away from Benedetti Diamond since March 15... 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...USF improved to 4-1 against the Pac-10 with a 7-6 victory against Cal Tuesday, April 25 in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park. The Dons captured the first season series against the Bears since the Reagan administration with the win (USF 4, at Cal 3 (10) (2/7); Washington State def. USF 7-6 (2/26)-River City Classic; At USF 8, No. 12 Oregon State 2 (3/29); USF 9, at Stanford 4 (4/17); At USF 7, Cal 6 (4/25) ? Dante Benedetti Classic (AT&T Park)).