Yarrow delivers big hit in win over S.D.
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
Stephen Yarrow’s role with the University of San Francisco Dons’ baseball program has changed dramatically over the past week.
The reserve first baseman has now become the starting third baseman as the Dons moved into the crucial part of their schedule. An injury in the starting infield prompted Yarrow’s switch to third base.
The biggest hit of Yarrow’s young college career came on Saturday when he blasted a three-run homer as the Dons rallied to beat No. 8-ranked San Diego 6-3 in a West Coast Conference baseball game. Yarrow’s second homer of his freshman season was part of the Dons’ five-run eighth inning that wiped out a 2-1 San Diego lead.
San Francisco improved to 31-23 overall and 12-9 in the WCC with a 14-3 drubbing of San Diego on Sunday.
Yarrow had his largest output as a collegian last Tuesday when he went 3 for 5, knocked in a run and scored twice in the Dons’ 13-9 upset of No. 6-ranked Stanford. The former South Tahoe High shortstop’s RBI single in the eighth inning helped the Dons hold off the Cardinal, which had closed to within 11-9 in the top half of the inning.
In a 6-5 WCC defeat to Gonzaga the previous Saturday, Yarrow scored the tying run in the ninth inning. The Bulldogs answered with a run in their half of the ninth to win.
With an increase in chances to hit, Yarrow’s batting average has started to rise. He’s now hitting .218 with two doubles, two homers, a triple and 10 RBI. He has a .400 slugging percentage.