Sloppy-fielding Dons fall to Stanford 

Leadoff hitter Joey Railey produced his fourth multi-hit game of theseason Tuesday, though the USF baseball lost to Stanford 4-1 under the lights at Sunken Diamond.

Tuesday starter Mitchell Bialosky bounced back from a shortened outing last week, sitting down 14 of the first 15 Cardinal batters he faced before he was touched for four runs over his final two innings to take the loss.

"I think we’re pitching fine," Dons coach Nino Giarratano said. "It’s just offensively we’re not taking pressure off them."

The Dons are hitting .251, though Railey has certainly defined the team’s leadoff role. He has been forced to make adjustments, as the lefty has seen four southpaw starters over the last five games.

Railey singled twice in his first two at-bats and scored the Dons’ only run when catcher Jon Norfolk beat out the back end of a potential double play to plate Railey in the first. However, it was his third at-bat of the night he wished he could have had back.

With No. 9 hitter Jonnie Knoble at first after having beat out an infield single in the fifth inning, Railey checked into the box looking for a fastball. He got one right over the heart of the plate, but decided to take it after seeing Knoble fake a stolen base attempt. Two pitches later, Railey took a called third strike from winning pitcher Austin Yount. The Dons’ offense would spiral downward from there, having just one other runner reach scoring position.

The big USF letdown, though, came with the Dons in the field, when right fielder Luke Sommer misplayed a ball in the bottom of the fifth. On what would have been a clean single by Cord Phelps to give Stanford two on with two out, Sommer made a headlong diving attempt but allowed the ball to bound past him to the wall. The miscue gave the Cardinal runners on second and third and

No. 9 hitter Adam Gaylord delivered a clutch two-run single on the following pitch to put Stanford up 2-1.

Stanford 4, USF 1

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