Dons’ win comes from a ‘Blur’

After the celebration had ended, Joey Railey jokingly referred to Mitchell Bialosky as”The Blur.” And considering the speed display the lumbering first baseman put on in Friday’s Game 1 of the West Coast Conference Championship Series against Pepperdine, who could blame him?

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Bialosky beat out an infield single with a headfirst dive to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and later scored from second on Railey’s two-out single to center. The throw from the outfield had Bialosky beat by 15 feet, but Pepperdine catcher Chad Tracy couldn’t hold onto the ball, providing the winning margin in the Dons’ 7-6 win.

Game 2 is today at noon, also at Benedetti Diamond, with the Dons (38-18) one win away from guaranteeing an NCAA bid. If Pepperdine (38-19) wins, a decisive Game 3 will be Sunday at 1 p.m.

“I couldn’t believe I beat out that single,” Bialosky said. “And Joey hit his ball so hard; I knew it would be close at home. I saw the ball coming and when it bounced away, I

couldn’t have been happier.”

Burly right fielder Stefan Gartrell preserved the win when, with a runner on third and two outs in the top of the ninth, the Sacred Heart Cathedral graduate made a diving catch at the foul line to end it.

“My heart stopped for a second,” Railey said. “It was an unbelievable feeling to see Stefan hold up the ball. There are no words.”

Gartrell’s catch made a winner out of Patrick McGuigan (12-2), who pitched 1¹/³ scoreless innings in relief of Scott Cousins. It was his 22nd career win, tying him for the most in USF history.

USF 7, Pepperdine 6

Pepperdine 040 000 110 — 6 11 1

USF 010 004 11x — 7 10 0

Barry Enright, Bryan Minkel (7), Brett Hunter (7) and Chad Tracy; Scott Cousins, Patrick McGuigan (8) and Jonathan Norfolk. W—McGuigan (12-2). L—Hunter (5-2).

Leading hitters: Danny Worth (P) 3×5, Tracy 3×5, Chase d’Arnaud2x3, Joey Railey (USF) 2×4, Mitchell Bialosky (USF) 2×4, Lucas Delong (USF) 2×4. HRs: Tracy, Luke Sommer (USF).

Other Sportssports

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Police seized ghost guns and other firearm manufacturing items while executing a warrant in February (Courtesy SFPD)
Ghost guns linked to rise in SF shootings as numbers jump

San Francisco police are seizing an increasingly alarming number of untraceable firearms,… Continue reading

Students walk around campus near the Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University. (Steven Ho/Special to S.F. Examiner)
California’s massive UC and Cal State systems plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall

Nina Agrawal, Teresa Watanabe, Colleen Shalby Los Angeles Times The University of… Continue reading

From left, Esther Gulick, Sylvia McLaughlin and Kay Kerr started launched one of the country’s first environmental movements. (Courtesy Save The Bay)
Sixty years of Saving San Francisco Bay

Pioneering environmental group was started by three ladies on a mission

Former California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, left, shown here in 2015, has been chosen by California Gov. Gavin Newsom as the state’s new attorney general. Bonta was confirmed Thursday. State Sen. Ed Hernandez is at right. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Rob Bonta is confirmed as California attorney general

Patrick McGreevy Los Angeles Times The state Legislature confirmed Democratic Assemblyman Rob… Continue reading

Temporary high-occupancy vehicle lanes will be added to sections of state Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 101, including Park Presidio Boulevard, to keep traffic flowing as The City reopens. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Transit and high-occupancy vehicle lanes coming to some of The City’s busiest streets

Changes intended to improve transit reliability as traffic increases with reopening

Most Read