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Miami | March 2 | Steinbrenner Field

TAMPA - The University of South Florida baseball team could not keep up with No. 15 Miami, as the Bulls fell to the Hurricanes 15-2 in the Florida Four Series at George M. Steinbrenner Field Tuesday.

The Bulls could not get their bats going, and could not contain the Hurricane offense, as USF starter Teddy Kaufman was chased from the game after just three innings and Kaufman allowed seven runs, three earned on three hits, while allowing six walks and striking out four.

Miami got 6.1 innings out of their starter Steven Ewing, and he allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six and walking one.

Junior Carlin recorded a single in the bottom of the sixth to extend his hitting streak to nine games, dating back to 2009. Carlin has recorded at least one hit in every USF game this season.

Ryan Lockwood reached base a pair of times against the Hurricanes, making it the third straight game in which he reached base multiple times.

After beginning the last two games with runs in the top of the 1st inning, the Bulls had to play from behind on Tuesday, as the Hurricanes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top half of the 1st against the Bulls.

Miami got things started, as Zeke DeVoss reached on an error by Chad Taylor, who started at shortstop in place of the injured Sam Mende. After the error, Stephen Perez doubled advancing DeVoss to third with no outs. Kaufman then walked Scott Lawson to load the bases, and the Hurricanes would score two on a double by Yasmani Grandal down the left field line.

Kaufman would settle in and allow just one more run on a ground out by Pelaez giving Miami a 3-0 lead through one.

The Bulls got a pair of runners on in the 1st and 2nd, but were not able to capitalize as they left a pair of runners stranded in each of the first two innings.

Miami kept things going in the top of the 3rd, as they drew a pair of walks, after a leadoff fly out, and Pelaez would score on a single through the right side by Michael Broad. The Hurricanes extended their lead to 5-0 after Kaufman picked Broad off at first, but Chad Taylor dropped a throw during the run down, allowing Broad to reach second and Harold Martinez to score.

The Hurricanes blew the doors off in the 4th and 5th innings as they accounted for seven runs on four hits, and extended their lead to 12-0.

The Bulls were able to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, and Carlin earned a walk to bring home Sean Buckley for the Bulls’ first run of the game. Lockwood came around to score after a wild pitch to make it 12-2 after seven.

Miami responded quickly and scored a pair in the top half of the eighth on a DeVoss double down the left field line, and they would add another in the 9th to close out the game 15-2.



GAMENOTES:
-Junior Carlin recorded a single in the bottom of the sixth to extend his hitting streak to nine games, dating back to 2009. Carlin has recorded at least one hit in every USF game this season.

-Ryan Lockwood reached base a pair of times against the Hurricanes, making it the third straight game in which he reached base multiple times.

- Chad Taylor got his first start of the season at shortstop against the Hurricanes, as he replaced sophomore Sam Mende who missed the game with a pulled Hamstring. Taylor went 0-2 in the game.

- Daniel Rockhold got his first start of the 2010 season at thirdbase in the Florida Four. Rockhold finished the game 1-2 with a walk.