The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
After dropping Friday’s West Coast Conference opener, the USF Dons got back on track at Santa Clara with back-to-back victories to win the three-game series.
The Broncos’ Friday starter Mitchell White (Bellarmine-San Jose) notched the win in the 2-0 series opener. The redshirt freshman right-hander was nails, striking out 12 through seven innings, while hanging an 0-for-4 on Dons slugger Allen Smoot.
Smoot bounced back through the final two games of the series though, going 3 for 7 with three RBIs as USF prevailed 5-2 on Saturday and 6-3 in Sunday’s rubber match.
A junior transfer out of the College of San Mateo, Smoot took a redshirt at USF last season and got a late start this year, playing in nine of the Dons’ 22 games. The left-handed hitting third baseman out of De La Salle-Concord was penciled into the cleanup spot Saturday though, and upped his season batting average to .281 (9 for 32).
Smoot made a big impression in the offseason playing for the Humboldt Crabs of the Far West League, a summer collegiate wood bat league based in Northern California.
Smoot captured league Most Valuable Player honors, leading the Crabs to a 41-9 record while hitting .447, including finishing the year on a 31-game hitting streak.