The Wolf Pack had almost as many errors (three) as hits (four) Tuesday afternoon in a 7-1 loss to the San Francisco Dons in the Bay area. It was the first meeting between the two schools since the Pack earned coach Gary Powers his 900th career victory by beating the Dons 10-5 last April 17 at Peccole Park.
The Pack fell to 13-8 with its second consecuctive loss. USF improved to 9-11.
The Wolf Pack defense handed the Dons three unearned runs. The only Pack run of the afternoon was also unearned because of two USF errors in the sloppily played game.
The Wolf Pack could muster just four hits and just one over the final five innings. The four Pack hits were all singles, with one out in the second by Brooks Klein, with two outs in the third by Jay Anderson, leading off the fourth by Klein and with two outs in the ninth by Austin Byler.
Anderson's single led to the Pack's only run. He came around to score as Bryce Barger and Kewby Meyer both reached base on USF errors.
All three Pack errors were committed by the second baseman -- one by Scott Kaplan and two by his replacement at second, Bryce Barger. Kaplans error led to a pair of unearned runs in the third and a 3-1 USF lead. Barger's two errors both came in the fifth inning and led to two USF runs (one unearned),
USF second baseman Jason Mahood was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. Third baseman Bob Cruikshank and shortstop Jourdan Weiks each also had two hits for the Dons.
Barry Timko started and went four innings for the Pack. Timko (0-2) pitched well, allowing six hits without a walk. Two of the three runs he surrendered were unearned. The bullpen -- Mark Reece, Michael Bradshaw, Adam Whitt, Colby Blueberg and Ryan Baker -- combined to allow four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk in four innings.
Bradshaw pitched 1.2 innings and didn't allow a baserunner while striking out two. Blueberg pitched a scoreless eighth and Baker didn't allow a run in the ninth.
The Wolf Pack will open a three-game Mountain West series at New Mexico on Friday.