TAMPA – USF (13-12) dropped its mid-week game against No. 26 FGCU, 13-5, on Tuesday night at USF Baseball Stadium.
“We have to put this behind us,” said head coach Lelo Prado. “We have to do a better job all the way around.”
Right-hander Mike Clarkson (1-4) shouldered the loss. The sophomore pitched three scoreless innings before giving up four runs on five hits.
Kyle Teaf gave the Bulls an early three run lead when he hit a two-out double to left field that plated two runs.
FGCU shortstop Alex Diaz put the Eagles on the scoreboard when he hit a sacrifice bunt down the first base line to score Michael Suchy from third base.
The Eagles rallied in the fifth inning scoring six runs with two outs.
The Bulls were able to tack on a run when Teaf led the seventh inning off with a double down the right field line and Mendez followed with an RBI-double that scored Teaf.
FGCU answered with runs of its own in the eighth and ninth innings. Second baseman Brandon Bednar drew a walk with the bases loaded to score Diaz in the eighth and the Bulls committed three errors in the ninth to give the Eagles a 13-4 lead.
Six relievers for the Bulls saw action allowed nine runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings.
The Bulls pack up to face Big East opponent Georgetown in a three-game series. Jimmy Herget will get the start in the first game of the series 1 p.m. Thursday in Washington, D.C.
“We have to come out against Georgetown and play well,” said Prado.