Jan. 28, 1997

USF Spoils Cal's Season Opener

SAN FRANCISCO - USF (1-0) used an eight-run fifth inning on its way to a 13-6 victory over 25th-ranked California (0-1) in the season opener for both teams today at USF's Benedetti Diamond. USF pounded out 16 hits off eight different Golden Bear pitchers for the victory.

"It's always good to start off with a win," said USF co-head coach Rich Hill. "There's an old saying, 'You never lose your opener and you certainly never lose your home opener.' I was really pleased with the way we swung the bat today."

Cal led 4-0 heading into the fateful fifth inning before Peter Quittner's three-run homer put USF on the scoreboard. After Tony Hurtado scored on an errant throw to tie the score at 4-4, Troy Nakamura put the Dons ahead for good with a two-out, two-RBI single to score Brad Marshall and Aaron Hempel. The Dons' final two runs in the frame came when Jermaine Clark singled home Brian Heintzelman and Nakamura.

USF added two insurance runs in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Hempel and an RBI triple from Heintzelman. The Dons finished their scoring in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out, two-RBI single from Colin Aita and an RBI double by Clark.

Aita finished the day 4-for-6 (double, two RBI), while Clark (3-for-6, double, 3 RBI), Hempel (3-for-4, RBI) and Hurtado (2-for-3, double) also had multiple-hit days for USF.

John Furstenthal (2-for-3, double, RBI), Brian Oliver (2-for-3) and Aaron Gordnier (2-for-4, two RBI) had the top offensive days for California.

Owen McAllister (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of shutout relief. Andrew Miller (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Cal returns to the diamond on Thursday when it faces Hawaii on the road.

California   220  000  002  -  6  8  2
USF          000  082  03   - 13 16  1

Drese, Sumner (2), Nickle (3), Shirley (4), Miller (5), Cuccian (5),
Vorhis (6), Walker (7) and Hill. Igou, Bellig (2), Marchbanks (3),
McAlister (5), Rivera (7) and Quittner. WP - McAlister (1-0), LP -
Miller (0-1). Save - Rivera (1). Home runs: Cal - Schell (1); USF -
Quittner (1).