Tuesday, April 8, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. - After a 17-4 rout of the Knights just one week ago, the University of South Florida (15-16) collected only seven hits to lose its 16th game of the season, 6-3, to the University of Central Florida (23-11) Tuesday night in Orlando.
Five Bulls collected one hit apiece in the second meeting of the season, including a two-run homer from junior Brian Hobbs in the second inning. Senior Joey Angelberger tallied his 13th multiple-hit game of the year, doubling down the left line in the sixth and sending a single up the middle in the ninth.
Freshman outfielder Ryan Lockwood extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single in the sixth. In those 14 games, Lockwood has 23 hits, including eight doubles and three triples. Lockwood has scored 10 runs and collected 12 RBI while drawing six walks and being hit by three pitches. He has a trio of three-hit outings, as well as four two-hit games during that stretch.
Freshman starter Matt Stull (2-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing USF's first grand slam of the season. Stull allowed six runs from eight hits while striking out one in 4.0 innings of work.
The Knights got on the board early with a grand slam in the bottom of the first, but USF battled back with two runs in the top of the second. UCF tallied a run in both the fourth and fifth, but USF again answered, this time with one in the sixth. Both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Hobbs drove in USF's first two runs of the game with a two-run bomb in the second after junior Brandon Smith reached base on a single up the middle.
In the sixth, Angelberger doubled down the left line, then Lockwood drove him in with a single up the middle.
The Bulls return to Red McEwen Field this weekend for a three-game BIG EAST series with the Louisville Cardinals. Friday night's game, which starts at 7 p.m., can be seen on Catch 47, the local cable partner of USF Athletics. The 7 p.m. game on Saturday can be heard on XM Satellite Radio. Sunday's game starts at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard live on 1010 Sports and USF Press Pass Baseball Radio.