TAMPA - Matt Reed provided a solid outing on the mound and the Bulls' bats cleaned up on Tuesday night.
Reed threw seven shutout innings and USF put together two big innings at the plate in an 8-0 victory over Jacksonville before a crowd of 841 at the USF baseball stadium. The Bulls (8-4) take a four-game winning streak into the second game of the home series 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Reed (1-1) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out two in the longest outing of his season. The left-hander now has a 0.56 ERA through 16 innings. On a fantasy note, Reed gave up one earned run in two innings against the New York Yankees on Friday.
"I'm happy for Matt. He's such a great kid and he had a spectacular outing tonight," head coach Lelo Prado said.
Leadoff man Alex Mendez went 3-for-4 in USF's 10-hit attack that produced a four-run second inning and three-run third.
The Bulls wasted little time busting the game open by putting together a huge second inning. Andrew Longley, Mendez and Chad Taylor all produced RBI singles and the Bulls' other run came off one of Jackonville's two errors.
Kyle Teaf kept things going in the third with an RBI single, Luis Llerena plated another run with a double and a throwing error produce USF's third run of the inning.
James Ramsay gave the Bulls an eight-run lead in the sixth when he sent Mendez home on a fielder's choice.
Nick Gonzalez relieved Reed in the eighth and struck out two in a scoreless frame. Freshman Devin Smith gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, had runners on second and third with two outs before getting a strikeout to end the game.
"You gotta win with pitching, we've gotten some good mid-week pitching," Prado said. "Hopefully it carries over to tomorrow."