USF swept in four-game season-opening series by No. 5 Texas Tech 

The USF baseball team can take solace in at least one aspect: The offense is pretty decent.

Despite pounding out 16 hits and putting together a late rally, the Dons fell to fifth-ranked Texas Tech 9-7 at Lubbock, Texas.

In dropping all four games of the season-opening series, USF scored 25 runs. However, the Red Raiders countered with 46 runs, scoring no fewer than nine runs in any of the four games.

"It's going to be hard to put up 16 hits and lose," USF coach Nino Giarratano said in a statement released by the school. "We gave them way too many opportunities. ... We've got to get better in a lot of phases of the game."

Sophomore catcher Dominic Miroglio, who went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, smashed a three-run homer as part of a four-run the ninth inning.

Senior left-hander Christian Cecilio allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings.


John Hochstatter scattered five hits over seven innings and Tommy Edman drove in a pair of runs as the Cardinals (1-2) salvaged the finale of the season-opening series against the Hoosiers at Sunken Diamond.

Stanford hosts rival Cal in a nonconference game today at 1 p.m.

DUKE 12, CAL 7

Despite erasing a 6-2 deficit, the Bears (1-2) surrendered five runs in the eighth inning as the Blue Devils (2-1) took the rubber game of the season-opening series at Evans Diamond.

Junior pinch-hitter John Soteropulos hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Cal.


Peter Reyes and Cory Davis combined on a five-hit shutout as the Gators (2-5, 1-3 California Collegiate Athletic Association) blanked the 15th-ranked Tritons (7-3, 3-1) to avoid a four-game sweep at La Jolla.

Danny Souza went 3-for-4, including a pair of run-scoring singles.

Reyes (1-1) allowed three hits over 5 2/3 innings, before Davis pitched the final 3 1/3 innings to earn his first save of the season. It was Davis' 14th career save, tying the senior with Paul Rodriguez for the school's career record. — Staff report

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