Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008 - Game Two
TAMPA, Fla. – With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, down by three, the University of South Florida baseball team tied the game, then went on to beat Savannah State 9-8 in 10 innings Sunday afternoon at Red McEwen Field.
USF is now 2-0 in extra inning games, and 6-5 overall.
In the ninth, freshman Ryan Lockwood singled to left field, then junior Brandon Smith was hit by a pitch and junior Addison Maruszak drew a walk to load the bases. Junior Brian Hobbs then belted a single to left field, scoring two. Freshman Jonathan Koscso stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, reaching on an error by the Tiger shortstop, which allowed USF to score the tying run.
In the 10th, junior Trey Manz led USF to its sixth win of the season by sending a two-out single up the middle to score Lockwood, who drew a walk to lead off the inning.
USF set two school records in the game, along with the NCAA record (tie) for two grand slams in an inning during Saturday's game. On Sunday, the Bulls were hit by nine pitches in the game, updating the old mark of six, which was set on May 6, 2007 against Georgia Tech. USF also tied school record for walks drawn (16), which was set on Feb. 8, 2000 against Stetson.
Combined, 24 walks were issued in the game as USF drew 16 and SSU took eight bases on balls.
USF loaded the bases eight times in 10 innings and left 19 runners on base throughout the game. SSU also had trouble cleaning off the bags, leaving 13 on base.
In his first start, freshman Kevin Quackenbush opened the game with a strikeout and ended his first collegiate inning with a second K. Freshmen Doug Wagner, Zach Pietrzyk and Junior Carlin all took the mound before sophomore Shawn Sanford came in to close the game, striking out five and allowing one run from five hits in 4.2 innings.