Bulls' Ninth Inning Rally Comes Up Short In Game 2
TAMPA - The Bulls baseball team was outhit by the Eastern Illinois Panthers in the nightcap of the double header Saturday and lost the contest by a final score of 11-9.
The Bulls were led by junior Jonathan Koscso, who ended the night 2-for-5, and sophomore Todd Brazeal, who had his first multi-hit game in four outings.
The Bulls (3-12) came up short against EIU, who improved to 3-9 on the year.
The Bulls sent 6-8 southpaw Andrew Barbosa to the hill. The lefty did not have his normal command and was the victim of defensive lapses. Barbosa gave up two earned runs, struck out three, and only allowed six hits. Barbosa's 5.0 inning outting was the shortest of his USF career.
Down 3-0, the Bulls offense started rolling in the third. An error, hit by pitch and infield single loaded the bases for Ryan Lockwood. Lockwood hit a dribbler through the first basemen's legs that brought in three Bulls runners. Lockwood was eventually thrown out in a run down with the second basemen and first baseman.
The Bulls then strung together four straight singles, which scored two more runs and gave USF a 5-3 lead after the third inning.
The Bulls offense did not end in the third. The Bulls added a pair of runs in the seventh thanks to the bat of Brazeal. After Rockhold was hit by a pitch, Brazeal sent a 2-2 fastball on a line over the left field wall. The home run knotted the game at 8-8 going into the top of the eighth. Brazeal has two homers this season and is tied for the team lead with freshman Chad Taylor and junior Stephen Hunt.
In the top of the eighth, Eastern Illinois answered with two runs and then tacked on an insurance run in the ninth to extend their lead to 11-8.
Down to their final three outs, USF loaded the bases and cut the lead to 11-9 on junior Carlin's two-out walk. EIU's Troy Barton would pick up his first save of the season on a Lockwood fly out to left field.
The Bulls look to avoid the series sweep against the Panthers on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Red McEwen Field. The game will be on 1010 CBS Sports Radio and BullsVision on GoUSFBulls.com
- Koscso continued his torrid hitting on Saturday night going 7-9 during both double header games. Koscso scored 1 run and plated two on the day, while increasing his batting average to .300.
- Hunt picked up his fourth stolen base of the season and has yet to be caught this season (4-4).
- Tonight was the first time in Andrew Barbosa's USF career that he did not last 6 innings. Barbosa pitched five innings on Saturday night and was given a no-decision for the third time this season.
- Doug Wagner picked up his first decision of the season, a hard luck loss. He pitched 2.1 innings, giving up three hits and two runs, both earned and striking out three.