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Michigan | February 28 | Naimoli Complex

CLEARWATER, Fla.- The University of South Florida baseball team exploded for 12 runs in their first win of the 2010 season against Illinois Saturday night in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.

The Bulls improved to 1-4 on the season after exploding for 12 runs on 12 hits in the 12-3 victory at Brighthouse Networks Field in their second game of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.

Freshman right-hander Ray Delphey struck out six batters in his second game as a Bull as the Alonso product picked up his first career win. Delphey went six innings, collecting six strikeouts and alloeing three runs, two earned on three hits. Delphey struck out eight Gators in his debut against Florida in the opening weekend.

After allowing an RBI triple in the first inning, Delphey retired 13 straight batters from the first inning until the fifth inning.

Joe Cole, Jimmy Moran and Adrian Puig combined to throw three innings of scoreless relief while allowing just a pair of hits and striking out one.

USF had not scored more than six runs in a game this season, but got things going against the Illini. USF accounted for 12 hits, three walks and five hit by pitches.

For the second consecutive game the Bulls would take an early lead.

After Sam Mende singles, senior Stephen Hunt took a 2-1 pitch to deep right field in the top of the first inning against Illinois to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead. The round-tripper was the first of the season for Hunt, and the first home run for any Bull in 2010.

The Bulls got four runs batted in from their big first baseman Todd Brazeal, who came into the game batting .083 on the season . The four RBI is a career high for Brazeal. He went 2-4 on the night, including a bases clearing double in the seventh.

Junior Carlin extended his hitting streak to seven games, as the outfielder has recorded at least one hit in all five games this season, including a pair of hits against Illinois.

Illinois got one run back in the second. With one out, Willie Argo earned a walk, and advanced to second on a passed ball by USF catcher Eric Sim. After an Aaron Johnson strikeout, Matt Dittman ripped a ball down the left field line to score Argo from second, and cut the USF lead to 2-1.

With two outs in the top of the 4th, Jimmy Falla reached on an error by Illini shortstop Josh Parr, and stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jonathan Koscso connected on a 2-2 fastball and drove it down the right field line to score Falla, and give the Bulls some breathing room at 3-1.

The Bulls added an insurance run on a double by Brazeal which scored Hunt all the way from first to give USF the 4-1 advantage.

Illinois responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the sixth, but USF would blow it open in the top of the seventh.

The Bulls got seven runs on four hits in the top of the seventh, with most of the damage coming on a bases clearing double by Todd Brazeal. The Bulls batted around and were able to extend their lead to 11-3.

USF added another run in the eighth, and the Bulls bullpen wa able to shut down Illinois the rest of the way and were able to pick up their first win of the season 12-3.


GAMENOTES:
- USF head coach Lelo Prado earned his 100th caareer victory as USF coach with the 12-3 victory over the Illini on Saturday night. He is now just two wins shy of 700 career wins.

- Sophomore Sam Mende continued his success at Brighthouse Networks Field in his hometown of Clearwater, against Illinois on Saturday night by picking up three hits in six at-bats including. Mende is now 16-27 with seven RBI all-time at Brighthouse Field.

-The Bulls got off to a quick start again on Saturday, as they put two on the board in the first inning for the second consecutive game.

- Senior Stephen Hunt took a 2-1 pitch to deep right field in the top of the first inning against Illinois to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead. The round-tripper was the first of the season for Hunt, and the first home run for any Bull in 2010. It is the 11th round tripper of his career.

- After allowing a an RBI triple in the first inning, freshman pitcher Rey Delphey retired 13 straight batters from the first inning until the fifth inning.

- Rey Delphey struck out six batters in his second game as a Bull. Delphey went six innings, collecting six strikeouts and alloeing three runs, two earned on three hits. Delphey struck out eight Gators in his debut against Florida in the opening weekend.

- The Bulls bats exploded for 12 runs in the win against Illinois. USF had not scored more than six runs in a game this season, but got things going against the Illini. USF accounted for 12 hits, three walks and five hit by pitches.

- The Bulls got four runs batted in from their big first baseman Todd Brazeal. The four RBI is a career high for Brazeal. He went 2-4 on the night, including a three RBI double in the seventh.

- Junior Carlin extended his hitting streak to seven games, as the outfielder has recorded at least one hit in all five games this season, including a pair of hits against Illinois and had hits in each of the final two games in 2009. He is batting .381 on the season.