Sept. 19, 2007
At the 2007 USF Baseball Alumni Weekend, which took place this past Saturday through Monday, Benedetti Field played host to three exhibtion contests featuring current and past Diamond Dons. Recaps of the final two contests were written for usfdons.com by Willis Lam.
Alumni vs 2008 Dons
Pair of 5s Key Young Dons Win
The 2008 Young Dons used a five run 2nd and 6th inning to rout their elders by the score of 10-1 in a game that went seven innings.In the 2nd the 2008 squad used a pair of hit batsmen and wild pitches to score the first run in the game, then Matt Quintero stroked a one out, 2-RBI base hit. An out later George Lujan had an RBI double followed by Chris Escobar's RBI base hit making the score 5-0.
The Alumni finally get on the board in the top of the 4th as Ryan Sittauer clobbered a one out solo homerun well over the right field fence cutting the Young Don's lead to four. In the 6th, a leadoff error and two hits led to Connor Bernatz's poke,a flyball deep towards centerfield which resulted in a one out inside the park grand slam. The final tally in the inning came from an RBI double by Joey Nisco.
Alumni 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 = 1 3 12008 Dons 0 5 0 0 0 5 X = 10 8 2
Alumni highlights: Ryan Sittauer 1-for-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI; Chad Soares 1-for-3, 1 SB.
2008 Dons highlights: George Lujan 2-for-4, 2 hits, 1 RBI; Matt Quintero 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Connor Bernatz 1-for-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI.
Alumni Vs. 2008 Dons
2008 Squad Rallies For Win
Jon Norfolk hit a towering one out, three-run home run to rightfield to put the Alumni ahead 3-1 but the 2008 Squad would rally for nine runs over four straight innings to win 10-5.
Norfolk's blast, similar to the walk off two-run HR for an 11-10 win over St. Mary's to end the 2007 season, gave the elders a chance for the upset. The 2008 squad were unfazed as they rallied with a three spot in their 4th as Bobby Ethel had an RBI base hit. An error in the outfield scored another run followed by Alex Lyons RBI basehit to retake the lead, 4-3.
In the 5th, the 2008 starters picked up a run off a wild pitch and a RBI double by Zach Kim. The 6th inning caused the most damage for the Alumni courtesy of a Ryan Lipkin RBI base hit and a two RBI base hit by Tavo Hall giving the 2008 Dons a 9-3 lead.
Connor Bernatz ripped an RBI triple to centerfield in the 7th to make it 10-3. (Bernatz tallied three hits and five RBIs against the alumni over the two day event!)
Alumni 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 = 5 8 42008 Dons 0 1 0 3 2 3 1 0 X = 10 13 1