May 12, 2002
San Francisco, CA (May 12, 2002) - San Francisco rallied from an early 4-0 deficit with a six-run third inning as Loyola Marymount University couldn't recover from two costly errors in an 11-8 West Coast Conference loss to the Dons on Sunday afternoon.
On the day the Dons (18-38, 9-21) scored six unearned runs, including all four of six with two outs in the damaging third inning. The Lions (20-32, 13-14) won the series against the Dons but were officially eliminated from the race to win the WCC's West Division.
USF sent three senior pitchers to the mound, led by left-hander Jeremy Kinney, who struck out four batters in 5.1 innings of work in a no-decision to give him 113 in his two-year career. Right-hander Steve Moses (4-1) came on in relief and earned the win allowing one run off two hits in 2.2 innings of work, while senior right-hander Peter Dunkle came in to close the door on the Lions in the ninth.
The Lions finished the day outhitting the Dons 16 to 9 and left only six runners on base all afternoon. Sophomore Billy Lockin, senior Tommy Perez and senior Kris Zacuto were all 3-for-5 on the day. Freshman Joe Frazee was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Perez hit his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to lead of the third inning.
LMU would respond to USF's six-run third with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to take the lead 7-6. In the fifth, Perez began the inning with a single to center and then scored on Zacuto's double to right center. Zacuto advanced to third on sophomore Jonathan Higashi's fly out to center and then scored on freshman Sean Smith's sacrific fly to right.
USF added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth as junior pinch-hitter Ryan Sittauer earned a one-out walk, followed by a single from freshman infielder Khamis Zananiri and both would score on another fielding error in the outfield after a sacrifice bunt from Donald to give the Dons a slim 8-7 edge.
San Francisco would add three crucial insurance runs in the eighth to secure the win. Luke Gradishar led off with a single, followed by another walk to Ryan Sittauer and both advanced on a wild pitch, setting the stage for an RBI single to center for Armand Gaerlan. Jacobitz's hit was a two RBI triple to deep right center to give the Dons the 11-8 win.
Gradishar finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in his final game in the green and gold, while Jacobitz and Zananiri each collected a pair of base hits for the Dons.
LMU travels to Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, May 14. The game starts at 3 p.m.