Weather Cuts Gonzaga Series Short, Dons looks Ahead to Benedetti Classic

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Junior Baseball Player Sean Burns warms up before a game against conference rival Gonzaga. Burns and the rest of the team look forward to playing in AT&T Park for the annual Benedetti Classic. Photo by Emily Bogden/Foghorn

Seems like some “outside” force does not want USF and Gonzaga to finish a crucial conference series as a jesuit might say. Dons baseball had been suspended twice over a three game series with conference rival Gonzaga Bull Dogs. All together two of the three games have been played, the third is still undecided in extra innings due to darkness and then rain.

The series is currently split 1-1 with the Bull Dogs winning game 1 on Friday in a close win 3-2. The Dons must have taken a close loss seriously as they sliced up competition in game 2 on Saturday utterly slaying the Bull Dogs 20-9 (like a football score).

Game 3 began on Saturday after game 2 in a double header because of the forecast for rain on Sunday. However, with a late double header on their hands, the day would not last for the final pitch to be thrown. The game had just been tied 2-2 going into the 13th inning when twilight would hit causing the umpires to call a suspension until rainy Sunday.

Sunday arrived with rain pouring. The game has been suspended until May 13 the next time that Gonzaga is visiting the Bay Area playing Saint Mary’s.

The St.Mary’s game on April 16th will be played at AT&T Park and it will honor the Dante Benedetti Foundation. Tickets for the event are $10 and they will help support the Dante Benedetti Foundation, which raises money for companies that fund baseball programs for undeserved youth in the city. Dante Benedetti was a former coach of the Dons and is often referred to as “Mr.Baseball” for USF. This event is a great cause and a great opportunity to support the Dons and it’s a good excuse to make a trip to AT&T Park.

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