Dons Snap Losing Streak, Win Two Games

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While the rest of the student body was enduring the torrential downpour in San Francisco, the baseball team headed to Pacific where they were able to win two of three games against the Tigers. The victories halted a four game losing streak.

In the first game of the series the Dons enjoyed one of their best offensive outings of the season as they put up 11 runs and accumulated 14 hits. Starting pitcher, senior Matt Lujan pitched an excellent game, throwing seven innings and striking out seven, while giving up only one run on nine hits. Lujan’s ability to shut down the Pacific offense was the key for the Dons. The second baseman, sophomore Jason Mahood, provided the Dons with offense from the ninth spot, going 3-4 with a home run and two runs. Senior Adam Clear also went 3-4, as he scored two more runs from the second spot in the lineup. With those two constantly getting on base it made it easier for third spot hitter senior Stephen Yarrow and cleanup hitter junior Matt Chavez to drive in runs, as each finished the game with 2 R.B.I’s a piece.

Score/In.    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    R    H    E
USF    1    3    0    1    1    2    3    0    0    11    15    0
Pacific    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    2    3    10    2

Game two gave the Dons the same result: a victory; but their performance was not as strong. USF was still hot offensively, totaling 13, hits but they were only able to score 4 runs. For some reason the Dons were unable to bring in runners as they left nine runners on base. Thankfully, seniors Connor Bernatz and Travis Higgs provided timely R.B.I’s to lead their team to a 4-2 victory. Bernatz posted the first two runs on the board and his 2 R.B.I double in the fourth inning. Then in the eighth inning, while gripping onto a one-run lead, Higgs blasted a two-run home run to put the game out of reach. Sophomore southpaw Elliott Watterman earned the victory for USF after pitching 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball after relieving starter Kyle Zimmer, who also gave up a run in a nicely pitched 4 1/3 innings. Senior Jonathan Abramson came into the game for a four-out save, and shut the door on Pacific while picking up 2 strikeouts. The trio of Zimmer, Watterman and Abramson pitched tremendously, combining eight strikeouts while only giving up two runs on six hits; they were the key to USF’s victory.

Score/In.    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    R    H    E
USF    0    0    0    2    0    0    0    2    0    4    13    1
Pacific    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    1    0    2    6    0

With the sweep within reach, the Dons fell to Pacific 3-0 after a game dominated by the starting pitchers. USF senior Matt Hiserman took the mound for the Dons and pitched a gem, giving up just three hits while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings of work. He was charged with two runs after giving up a single and intentionally walking a Pacific hitter before Junior reliever Jordan Remer gave up a three-run home run in the eighth inning. USF had chances at scoring but was unable to produce anything from their six hits. The best chance came in the top of the eighth when USF had the basses loaded with one out but a pop-up and fly-out quickly ended the threat. The Dons just couldn’t manufacture anything against Pacific starter Jake Hummel who tossed a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts. He was simply fantastic, out-dueling Hiserman and the entire USF squad. Next up for the Dons is a weekend series at Fresno State.

Score/In.    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    R    H    E
USF    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    6    0
Pacific    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    3    0    3    4    0

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