Last week USF headed down to sunny San Diego for a three-game set against West Coast Conference rivals, No.23 University of San Diego, and a one-gamer against San Diego State. Unfortunately for San Francisco, they couldn’t find a win and dropped all four games during their SoCal trip. The three wins for the Torrero’s pushed them to first in the WCC with a 19-6, 8-1 WCC record.
Game one of the three-game set was quiet for the first three innings, neither pitcher let up a run. In the fourth inning USD was able to scratch out two runs with some heads up baserunning. After Dominic Miroglio doubled in the sixth, Michael Perri singled to left field, Miroglio crossed home but Perri was thrown out at second trying to sneak in an extra base. After cutting the deficit by one, San Diego got the run back in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh inning San Francisco tallied three runs after a handful of singles, a wild pitch and an error. The Dons led 4-3. But once again the Torreros got all the runs back in the home half of the inning regaining the lead 6-4 where the score remained until the final out.
The second game had plenty of offense but just not enough on the San Francisco side of the plate. USD struck quickly in the first inning by capitalizing on an error for a 1-0 lead. USF took the lead 2-1 in the third inning after Nico Giarratano doubled home a run and Miroglio reached on an error sending Giarratano home a few batters later. In the sixth inning the Dons loaded the bases but couldn’t get the clutch hit to send in some runners. By the end of the seventh inning, USD built themselves up to a 7-2 lead, having scored four runs in the home-half of the sixth. Although Allen Smoot smacked a 2-RBI single in the eighth inning to close the gap to 4-7, San Diego solo homered in the bottom of the eighth and secured the 8-4 victory.
The last game against the Torrero’s was a struggle. USF’s starting pitcher gave up seven unanswered runs, five were unearned before being pulled. After USD scored one more run and with a 8-0 hole, USF was looking at an uphill battle. The Dons were able to claw two runs back, both unearned, after a Smoot single in the seventh and Brady Bate reached on an error and Smoot crossing home in the ninth. San Francisco looked up to a final score of 2-8.
Their last game of the roadie came against the San Diego State Aztecs (20-9). In the second inning, SDSU scored twice after singling through holes in the infield. Sinatro belted a solo homer in the third inning. The Aztecs got the run back in the fourth inning to regain a 2-run, 3-1 lead. USF scored one last time in the fifth inning via Harrison Bruce, who singled through the right side, sending home Riley Helland. The home squad scored their fourth run after a deep enough flyout gave a runner on third ample time to tag-up. San Diego State left the field with a hard-earned 4-2 win.
The Dons WCC struggles continue but San Francisco (14-15, 2-7 WCC) will try to get back on track against another rival this weekend, at home, against St. Mary’s. First pitch is scheduled for 3pm on Friday, April 7 and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to head out to Benedetti Diamond to catch the Dons live or follow along on the W.tv or usfdons.com.
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