Pilots fall to Dons 6-4

By Nick Pisani | March 24, 2018 12:09am

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Sophomore Beau Brundage prepares to swing against San Francisco's talented pitcher, Thomas Ponticelli. The Dons remain undefeated in the WCC after winning the first game in their series against the Portland Pilots.
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In the first game of this weekends’ series in Portland, the Pilots were defeated by the University of San Francisco 4-6. 

The game started out as cold as the weather, with no scoring in the first two innings. But things started to heat up in the third inning when San Francisco's Riley Helland sliced a ball into left field, allowing two runners to slide home. 

The game remained in stalemate for another two innings until UP began to fight back in the sixth, with sophomore Beau Brundage scoring a run. However, the Pilots gave up four runs in the next two innings and could not dig themselves out of that hole, despite a late run in the ninth inning. A magic moment of the match occurred in the top of the fifth inning, when Portland junior Daniel Lopez caught a line drive toward third with a backhanded catch and then threw across the field to first base to get the runner out. Despite this fantastic effort and nine strikeouts from Freshman Eli Morse, the Pilots were unable to overcome the undefeated Dons. 

Beau Brundage slides into second base early in the game. Brundage averages .397 this season and now has 14 runs after tonight's game.
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The last of two runs scored by the San Francisco Dons early in the third quarter. A slicing ball to left field allowed two runners to head home, the second of which scored even despite apparent problems with his helmet.
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Brundage slides back into first, after the watchful eye of San Francisco Pitcher Thomas Ponticelli tried to catch him stealing bases.
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Sophomore Beau Brundage prepares to swing against San Francisco's talented pitcher, Thomas Ponticelli. The Dons remain undefeated in the WCC after winning the first game in their series against the Portland Pilots.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon


Freshman Pitcher Eli Morse recorded 9 strikeouts in tonight's performance, but it wasn't enough to stop the Dons.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

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