Taylor Homers in Loss to No. 17 Oklahoma
With two outs and catcher Andrew Longley on first, Taylor sent a 2-2 offering from Oklahoma starter Bobby Shore over the left field fence to even the game at 3-3. The round tripper was the first of his career and snapped a 0-for-11 skid for Taylor.
In his third appearance of the season, junior Andrew Barbosa registered another quality start for the Bulls going 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits and striking out seven. He allowed three earned runs with two runs coming on a pair of solo home runs.
Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly from Caleb Bushyhead.
In the fifth inning, USF got on the board using back-to-back triples from Junior Carlin and junior Ryan Lockwood and evened the score at 1-1.
The Sooners responded by scoring two in the bottom of the inning on a pair of solo homers from Garrett Buchele and Chris Ellison. The score would remain 3-1 until Taylor’s seventh-inning home run.
Carlin extended his hitting streak to 12 games in the first inning by singling the first pitch of the contest back up the middle. On the day, Carlin went 2-for-5. He is now batting .429 on the season.
In the seventh inning, true freshman Ray Delphey relieved Barbosa with two runners on and two out to set up a righty-righty match-up. The Alonso high school product continued his dominance against right-handed batters and kept the score at three after getting pinch hitter Tyler Ogle to ground harmlessly to third. On the season, right-handed batters are 1-for-26 against Delphey.
Delphey, who was originally scheduled to start today’s game, was moved into a relief/closer role on Friday.
Delphey returned to work in the eight and was a victim of a fluke play.
After retiring the leadoff man, Delphey struck out pinch hitter, Ross Hubbard swinging, but the ball got past Longley and somehow bounced off the backstop to Delphey. Delphey overthrew first baseman Todd Brazeal and allowed the runner to advance to third.
The runner would eventually score on a passed ball and end up being the game-winning run.
Delphey suffered the loss despite not giving up a hit in 1.1 innings of relief and striking out three Sooners.
With the loss, the Bulls fall to 1-9 on the season having lost five straight.
Sunday, sophomore Jimmy Moran will make his first start as a Bull when he takes the mound against the Leathernecks of Western Illinois. To accommodate travel, the game has been moved up to 11 a.m. EST. The game can be heard live on 1010 CBS Radio in the Tampa Bay area or on BullsVision Radio on GoUSFBulls.com with Mike Pepper on the call.