Oct. 17, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - Benedetti Diamond was the setting for the most successful baseball alumni game in school history, when the current Dons beat the former Dons 11-3 on Saturday afternoon. The game also boasts the highest alumni attendance, 32, in the history of the game.
On the alumni side, Scott Cousins (Florida Marlins) started the game and was relieved by Nick Pereira (San Francisco Giants). Recent graduate Patrick McGuigan (Toronto Blue Jays) pitched an inning, as did Derek Tate (formerly Toronto Blue Jays). Jeff Pritchard extended his Alumni Game hit streak to five.
Head coach Nino Giarratano had this to say about the game, "It was a wonderful opportunity to see all the past, present, and future stars of USF Baseball on one diamond. It is always a wonderful day to see friends, share stories, and play the game of baseball that we have all come to love and respect. It is one of the great cultural opportunities for our players to partake in. Thanks to all that have participated, and welcome to all that would like to in years to come."
Below is a player perspective from senior RHP John Quine.
"The alumni game is always fun because it's the first time that we really get to play together as a team for the year. Each year the game is becoming more and more competitive because of the number of alumni that are coming back to participate. I think that it's a reflection on our program that we are able to get so many of our past players who are playing pro ball like Patrick McGuigan, Scott Cousins, Andrew Smith, Armand Gaerlan, Derek Tate, Tagg Bozied and so many others to come back and play; it shows how much the program means to them. The alumni game is our way of thanking those who came before us and have made all that we have done in the past few years possible."