Kaufman Dazzles in Complete Game Shutout of UCF
ORLANDO-- Making his fifth career start against Central Florida, senior Teddy Kaufman turned in a career effort with nine stellar innings and a personal-high 14 strike outs while leading the University of South baseball team to a 4-0 victory over the Knights Tuesday evening at Jay Bergman Field.
Making his fourth start of the season, Kaufman had the best stuff of his career. Kaufman kept a UCF lineup, which came into the game having scored 57 runs in their last three games, off balance with a devastating curve ball. He scattered just four hits and walked two. The complete game is the second of Kaufman's career, with the first coming a year ago tomorrow against FAMU. That same game Kaufman set his previous career of 11 strikeouts against the Rattlers.
The 14 strikeouts were three shy of the school record, shared by Mark Moore (1978) and Jon Alexander (1987).
After being held scoreless in the first, USF would get things going in the second and would take a 1-0 lead by manufacturing an early run.
After Stephen Hunt walked to start the inning, he would steal second and advance to third on an one out overthrow. Daniel Rockhold delivered a high fly ball to deep center field to score Hunt easily on a sac fly..
Sophomore Todd Brazeal was back in the clean-up slot and the former freshman All-American delivered for the Bulls by sending a towering shot to deep center on an 0-2 pitch. The bomb gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
The homer was Brazeal's third of the season and the second in his last three games.
With a 2-0 lead in his hip pocket, Kaufman settled into a groove. After allowing a lead-off single in the second, Kaufman did not allow another base-hit untill the seventh inning with two outs.
After being held scoreless in third, fourth and fifth innings, the Bulls tacked on a third run on a solo home run as Rockhold.
Jonathan Koscso continued his hot streak by delivering a two-out RBI single that set the score at 4-0.
Offensively, the Bulls collected double-digit hits for the sixth time in their last seven games. USF out hit the Knights, 10-4 on the evening. Brazeal and junior CF Ryan Lockwood led the way with two hits a piece.
USF will now look to keep the momentum rolling as they return home to Red McEwen Field to host Mercer in a three-game series starting on Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m.
- Sophomore 1B Todd Brazeal's second inning home run was the third of the season and second in three games. It is the eighth of his career and now ties him with junior Stephen Hunt for the season lead.
-Rockhold's seventh inning home run was the first of the season and the second of his career.
- USF has now slugged 11 homeruns on the season.
- Kaufman's complete game is the longest of the season for him and the longest of any USF starting pitcher so far in 2010.
- Kaufman is now 3-1 against UCF in five career starts.
-Junior Outfielder Stephen Hunt went hitless in two at-bats and in doing so snapped his seven-game hit streak.
-SS Sam Mende missed his consecutive game and looks to be out for an extended period with a broken jaw.