Yarrow ties career high with four hits in rout of Aggies
DAVIS, Calif. – Playing at UC-Davis on Tuesday was as close as Stephen Yarrow could get to a “homecoming” game in his junior baseball season at the University of San Francisco.
The cleanup hitter from South Lake Tahoe performed as if he was back at Todd Fields, equaling a career high with four hits in the Dons’ 18-5 nonconference crushing of the Aggies in Dobbins Stadium.
“Just a great day for him. (He) stayed within himself,” said San Francisco coach Nino Giarratano.
Yarrow began his big afternoon by stroking a base hit to right field on the first offering from 6-foot-5 Aggies’ southpaw Nathan Slater.
In the second inning, Yarrow fell behind Slater 0-2 before roping a double down the left-field line, scoring two as the Dons built a 5-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Yarrow pulled a 1-1 Slater delivery into the right-field corner for a doubled that moved Derek Poppert to third base. A two-out Aggies’ error sent Poppert and Yarrow home, making the score 8-2.
Yarrow kept his hitting stroke in order when he faced reliever Scott Chew in the sixth. He hit a long single to center and came around to score for the second time on a Ryan Lipkin’s double.
The Aggies’ finally got Yarrow out in the seventh, denying him a career-best fifth hit. His hot smash to the right side of the infield was gloved by first baseman Eric Johnson, who completed the unassisted out.
Giarratano removed Yarrow from the game after his fifth at-bat, allowing sophomore Adam Clear to finish up at third base.
Sophomore Matt Chavez hit solo and three-run homers to pace San Francisco’s 16-hit attack. Travis Higgs bashed a two-out grand slam in the ninth to cap the Dons’ scoring.
“We scored 20 runs against Gonzaga a couple days ago and we scored 18 today. If we keep being consistent at the plate, there is no limit for us,” Yarrow said.
The left-handed hitting Yarrow entered the game as the West Coast Conference’s leading home-run hitter with 12. Yarrow was content to take what the Aggies’ gave him, making them pay in raising his season average to .342.
“Today was just a prime example of how he’s come (along) as a hitter from a maturity standpoint,” Giarratano said. “He didn’t get any pitches to hit out of the ballpark, but he took what they gave him.”
The Dons (17-15 overall) open a three-game WCC series against St. Mary’s on Friday at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The final two games of the series will be played in Moraga.
Editor’s note: A feature on Yarrow’s rapid development in the Dons’ program will appear in an upcoming issue of the Tahoe Daily Tribune and will also appear on this Web site.
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