June 1, 2013
Dons Work Extra for Survival
By Isaac Rosenthal
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
EUGENE, Ore. – Bob
Cruikshank hit a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning to break a 3-3
tie and give San Francisco their first win of the Eugene
Regional, sending South Dakota State home with two straight
"It was a tough pill to swallow," South Dakota
State Dave Schrage said. "But I'm proud of our guys and the way
we battled back and were relentless."
The Jackrabbits faced an uphill battle from the
start after San Francisco took a 2-0 lead in the top of second,
but SDSU picked up a run in the second and another one in the
eighth to tie the score and force extras.
Again in the 10th the Dons took the lead, this
time on an RBI single from Bradley Zimmer. With one out in the
bottom half of the inning, Daniel Telford nearly grounded into
the game-ending double play but the throw was wide of first
allowing Al Robbins to score the tying run.
There would be no such response from the
Jackrabbits in the 13th when San Francisco loaded the bases with
no outs and was able to get a run across on the sac fly.
The Dons live to fight another day with the
victory, but they'll have to play at least 18 more innings to
advance after playing extra-inning affairs on their first two
"I'm not sure everybody knows, but we're trying
to set a record for most innings played in a Regional
appearance," Dons head coach Nino Giarratano joked.
Giarratano used six pitchers in the win, but said
he's confident in his group's conditioning going forward.
"Our pitching coach Greg Moore has done a
wonderful job of conditioning these kids all year long. They'll
be ready," he said.
San Francisco still has their No. 2 starter Alex
Balog fresh, as well as a number of bullpen arms to turn to.
The Dons will play Oregon at noon local time on
Sunday for a chance to play the winner of that game.
"Hopefully we play all 18 innings tomorrow in two
games, not just one," Giarratano said.