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Miami | March 2 | Steinbrenner Field

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The University of South Florida baseball team could not win its second straight game Sunday, as the Bulls fell to Michigan 4-2 in the final game of the 2010 Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge.

The Bulls got another solid outing out of walk-on Andrew Barbosa, who started the game and lasted 6.2 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, and striking out a career-high 10 Wolverines on the day.

Junior Carlin continued his hot hand at the plate on Sunday as he reached base two times, including two hits in four at-bats. Carlin has recorded a hit in all six games this season for the Bulls, and has raised his average to .400 on the season, which ties him for best on the team.

Junior Ryan Lockwood reached base two times in the 4-2 loss to Michigan and scored both USF runs while going 1-for-3 from the plate.

The Bulls lost their starting shortstop, Sam Mende, in the first inning, as the sophomore came up limping after trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the bottom of the first.

Stephen Hunt and Luis Lllerena each recorded an RBI in the Bulls’ loss. Both were on RBI groundouts.

Michigan got runners on second and third in the top of the first, but were unable to bring a run across.

The Bulls scored in the first inning for the third straight game after Lockwood was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first. After a single by Carlin moved Lockwood to second, Mende bunted the runners to second and third. With one out, Hunt grounded to first allowing Lockwood to come in from third and gave the Bulls an early 1-0 advantage.

USF would not hold the lead long, as Michigan catcher Chris Berset took the first pitch of the top of the second deep over the left field wall to knot the game at one.

The Wolverines would add another run on a blast by Berset on the second pitch of the top of the third inning to take the slim 2-1 advantage over the Bulls.

Both teams would remain scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when the Bulls would even things up. Lockwood got things going again for the Bulls in sixth as he singled and moved to second after a single by Carlin. A wild pitch allowed Lockwood and Carlin to move to third and second, respectively, and Lockwood came around to score on a groundout to second, tying the score at 2-2 through six.

Michigan responded right away again in the top of the seventh as the first two batters reached. They would both come around to score after an errant throw by Eric Sim when he tried to throw out the runner at third on a bunt attempt by Dennis to give the Wolverines the 4-2 lead.

Sinnery relievered Burgoon, who picked up the win in his second start of weekend. Picking up his first save of the season, Sinnery was able to shut down USF the rest of the way and held on to win, 4-2. Sinnery pitched 3.0 innings of perfect relief for the save.

GAME NOTES:
-The Bulls got a great outing out of walk-on Andrew Barbosa, who started the game and lasted 6.2 innings, allowing just four runs, two earned, and striking out 10 Wolverines on the day.

-Junior Carlin continued his hot hand at the plate on Sunday as he reached base two times including two hits in four at-bats. Carlin has recorded a hit in all six games this season for the Bulls, and has raised his average to .400 on the season.

-Junior Ryan Lockwood reached base two times in the 4-2 loss to Michigan, and scored two runs while going 1-3 from the plate.

-The Bulls lost their starting shortstop, Sam Mende in the first inning, as the sophomore came up limping after trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the bottom of the first.

-Stephen Hunt and Luis Lllerena each recorded an RBI in the Bulls’ loss. The RBI is the first of Llerena's career.