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Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Alcorn 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 7 8 4
USF 4 1 2 4 2 0 0 2 x 15 14 2

 

By KY-SHON HEPBURN

Special to GoUSFBulls.com

TAMPA – The Bulls extended their six-game winning streak on Friday night.

USF (20-14) rolled to a 15-5 victory over Alcorn State before a crowd of 1,069 at USF Baseball Stadium.

“It was a good performance and we have to come out ready for tomorrow,” said head coach Lelo Prado.

Left-hander Nick Gonzalez allowed five hits in six innings while walking three and striking out eight batters.

“He did a good job and pitched six good innings,” Prado said.

Alcorn State jumped on the scoreboard first scoring two runs in the opening inning.

The Bulls answered with a two hit, four run first inning.  Chris Norton hit a RBI-single to tie the game and James Ramsay came home on a groundout to give the Bulls a 4-2 lead.

USF plated a run in the second to extend its lead to 5-2.  Jimmy Falla collected his 28th RBI of the season when he singled to left-field to bring home Kyle Teaf.

Teaf went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI’s.  The shortstop has reached base in 28 straight games.

“He comes out and plays the game the right way,” said Prado.  “He’s just a smart baseball player and that’s the reason he’s successful.”

The Bulls’ hot bats continued in the third inning stretching their lead to 7-2 scoring two runs on four hits.

Five batters walked in a row to help the Bulls tie their single-game record of 11 walks and put them up 11-2 in the fourth.

“We’re having great approaches at the plate, and when they get locked in they do a good job,” said Prado.

The Braves put five more runs on the board, but the Bulls added runs in the fifth and eighth innings to put the game out of reach.

USF will face Alcorn State in the second game of the series 6 p.m. Saturday at USF Baseball Stadium.
 
Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO
W- N. Gonzalez (3-3) 6.0 5 3 2 3 8
L - M. Peters (1-7) 3.2 8 11 8 7 1
S - None            
USF AB H R RBI BB SO
K. Teaf 4 2 3 3 2 0
A. Mendez 3 1 1 2 2 0
Alcorn St AB H R RBI BB SO
R. Piper 5 2 2 1 0 2



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