Prado Picks Up 700th Win with 14-7 Victory Over Jacksonville
TAMPA - The Bulls' bats came alive for the second straight game as the University of South Florida baseball team defeated Jacksonville Tuesday night, 14-7, at Red McEwen Field.
USF scored in six of eight innings as the Bulls piled up 12 hits on the day. Stephen Hunt hit 3-of-5, knocking in four runs and scoring three of his own to lead the attack for USF (3-9).
The victory gave head coach Lelo Prado career win No. 700.
Teddy Kaufman picked up the win for the Bulls to improve to 1-1, allowing four runs, two earned, in six innings of work while striking out four in the game.
Eric Sim scored three runs, while Jonathan Koscso added a pair of doubles and three RBI. Chad Taylor also blasted a pair of doubles and scored two runs, while Todd Brazeal went 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Clay Kollenbaum suffered the loss for the Dolphins (6-6), giving up nine earned runs on eight hits in four innings of work. Kollenbaum walked five USF batters as well.
Alex Martinez went 1-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Dolphins, while Esterlin Perozo went 3-for-5 with two runs. Jacksonville also posted 12 hits in the game.
Kaufman had a rough start to begin the game, as Chuck Opachich and Esterlin Perozo both singled in the first two at bats for the Dolphins before a throwing error by Koscso at third one out later, after Kaufman had actually caught Opachich trying to steal, put the two players in scoring position. Alex Martinez singled just past Kaufman's glove to bring them both home for the game's first two runs.
Koscso made up for that miscue in his first at bat of the game in the second, as the junior followed a walk by Sim and a single by Sean Buckley with a double to right center two outs later to plate both runners, tying the game up at 2-2.
The Bulls then broke the game wide open an inning later, as Ryan Lockwood and Sam Mende reached base with one down, which was followed by back-to-back singles by Sim and Buckley that made it 4-2.
Hunt then came in and greeted a Kollenbaum changeup with a long drive to right field over the BIG EAST Baseball sign that increased USF's lead to five, 7-2.
The Bulls would then add a single run in the bottom of the fourth when Lockwood hit an RBI groundout to score Taylor, who had led off the inning with a double over the center fielder's head.
The Bulls reached double digits and scored for the fourth straight inning when Buckley walked to lead off the fifth before Hunt hit a double that deflected off Kollenbaum and then caromed off the second base bag into left center.
Brazeal hit a slow chopper to first after Baker Chapman came in to pitch, but Brazeal knocked the ball out of the glove of first baseman Martinez to reach first. Buckley took off for home when the ball got away, but Opachich, backing up the play, threw Buckley out at home for the first out.
Chapman balked home Hunt from third, and Koscso doubled to right center to bring home Brazeal for the final run of the inning, putting USF up, 10-2.
Jacksonville scored those two runs back in the next half inning when Alex Swenson doubled down the left field line to score Kevin Lehane and Adam Brett Walker, who had reached on a fielder's choice and a single, respectively. Derek Abis ended the threat when he hit into a 4-3 double play as Brazeal made a nice scoop on the throw for the third out.
The Bulls would respond right back in their half of the sixth, as Lockwood got hit by the pitch leading off the inning and Sim walked an out later to put runners on first and second. Hunt singled to right field for his 100th career RBI, before Brazeal doubled past a diving Walker in right field to bring home Hunt and Sim.
Mende helped keep the Dolphins off the board in the seventh inning when he made a nice backhanded stab of a grounder up the middle and gloved it to Taylor at second for the final out.
The Bulls scored for the sixth inning in a row in the bottom of the seventh after Taylor doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Daniel Rockhold.
Jacksonville finished the scoring with an RBI double by Walker in the eighth and a pair of RBI groundouts in the ninth.
The Bulls return to the field Wednesday against the Dolphins at Red McEwen Field with first pitch slated for 4 p.m.
- The win gave head coach Lelo Prado his 700th career win between his time at USF, Louisville and the University of Tampa. A total of 102 of those wins have come with the Bulls.
- The double by Chad Taylor in the fourth inning marked the third game in a row he has hit an extra base hit.
- Stephen Hunt's home run in the third inning was his 13th career dinger that also gave him 99 career RBI. Hunt's single later on in the sixth gave him his 100th career RBI. He also secured his fifth multi-hit game of the year as well.
- Ryan Lockwood's stolen base with no outs in the bottom of the 6th makes him 6-for-6 on the season now in stolen base attempts.
- USF had six doubles in the game, led by Chad Taylor and Jonathan Koscso with two each, as the Bulls have hit 13 doubles in the last two games and 16 extra base hits all together.