March 18, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - San Francisco did it again. In the top of the ninth with two outs, the Dons (11-11) scored the tying run and then put nine on the board in the 10th for a 11-6 win over New Mexico (14-7) on Saturday night at Isotopes Park.
Junior Danny Ray Herrera dominated the first eight innings, scattering just three hits for just one run, a solo home run by Daniel Morales in the second. He fanned seven and walked just two heading into the ninth.
USF's starter, Aaron Poreda, also pitched masterfully in the first eight innings. He held the Lobos hitless until junior Chris Carlson singled back up the middle in the fourth. Junior Matt Foote led off one inning later with a home run to left, tying the game at 1-1.
New Mexico took the lead in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from junior Daniel Stovall.
The Dons' had the rally caps on in the ninth and with two outs, got two singles and a walk off of Herrera, loaded the bases. Blake Nelson hit a grounding chopper to third baseman, sophomore Ian Hollick, who couldn't handle it, booting it toward second base, giving Scott Cousins time to scoot home and tie the game at 2-2.
USF reliever Patrick McGuigan, who earned the save in last night's game, came in to get three straight outs in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings.
San Francisco took advantage of three Lobo errors and four walks, scoring nine runs, just two earned, on two hits. Zach Kim highlighted the inning with a two-run homer to left, giving the Dons an 11-2 lead.
Sophomore Jordan Pacheco got the Lobos going in the bottom of the inning, lacing a triple to the corner of hill in left center. Freshman Dane Hamilton, pinch hitting, drove in Pacheco with a double to right. Two batters later, Stovall belted a three-run homer to left, pulling to Lobos to within five at 11-6. But McGuigan settled down, getting a groundout and flyout to end the game.
Pacheco and Carlson led the Lobos at the plate, both going 2-for-4 with a walk. Pacheco scored a team-high two runs while Stovall drove in a team-high four runs. Cousins led the Dons' going 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored.
Itokazu suffered the loss, giving up five runs (two earned), three walks and one hit in 1/3 of an inning. McGuigan improved to 4-1, allowing three hits, four runs (three earned) and three strikeouts in 2 innings. At the end of the night, Herrera's line finished with five hits, two runs (one earned), three walks and seven strikeouts in 9 innings. Poreda threw 8 innings for five hits, two runs (one earned), two walks and six strikeouts.
The series concludes tomorrow with the first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Freshman Chace Lankford is scheduled to take the mound for New Mexico.