TAMPA, MARCH 8, 2014 –The Bulls scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit as they defeated Northwestern 4-2 in the second game of the three game series Saturday night at USF Baseball Stadium.
Daniel Portales (Tampa) began the sixth with a walk and moved up to second on a Buddy Putnam (Bartow) single to right field. After a sacrifice bunt advanced both runners into scoring position, Michael Arencibia (Key West) reached on catcher’s interference to load the bases.
Northwestern (2-10) made a pitching change bringing in right-hander Jack Livingston but he hit Vincent Miniet (Tampa) with the first pitch he threw to force in Portales. Nik Alfonso (Tampa) then put the Bulls in front with a two-run single to leftfield giving USF a 3-2 lead. Kyle Teaf capped off the scoring with a double down the right field line bringing home Miniet.
From there, Tommy Peterson (New Port Richey), Lawrence Pardo (Miami) and Jordan Strittmatter (Daytona) closed the door allowing just one hit over the final three innings to seal the win. Strittmatter come on to record the final out of the game to earn his first save of the season.
Joe Adel (2-0) (Gainesville) earned the win in relief tossing two innings allowing one unearned run on two hits and a walk. Janick Serrallonga (Hialeah) started the contest going four innings. He gave up a run on a pair of hits and walked one.
Northwestern scored the game’s first two runs pushing one across in the second on a Matt Hopfner RBI single to centerfield. It scored Joe Hoscheit, who doubled to begin the frame. NU pushed their lead to two in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Scott Heelan bringing home Jake Schieber.
USF (11-4) had opportunities early in the ballgame to score but were unable to capitalize stranding six runners on base before cracking through in the sixth. For the game, the Bulls left 12 runners on base.
Starter Reed Mason (0-1) was struck with the loss for Northwestern tossing 5.1 innings allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out three. Livingston lasted 1.2 innings giving up a run while Jack Quigley tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
Offensively, five different batters picked up a hit for the Wildcats.
Teaf paced the offense for USF going 3-for-5 and a run batted in. Alfonso also had a multi-hit performance going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Miniet was hit by a pitch in his first three at-bats for the Bulls.
The two sides will close out the series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at USF Baseball Stadium.