TAMPA, MAY 5, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team shook off an early 3-0 deficit and scored three runs in both the fourth and seventh frame to take game one against East Carolina, 8-6.
After adding two in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 3-2, the Bulls (35-10, 10-6 The American) scored three in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead.
The Pirates (24-22, 4-12 The American) tied the game with a two-run homer in the fifth. But USF tallied four hits in the seventh and again plated three to retake an edge for good.
ECU scored in the eighth before the USF bullpen closed the door to give the hosts a series opening win.
Sophomore Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) led the Bulls with a 3-for-4 day, two runs and three RBI.
Redshirt-junior Andres Leal (Tampa) went 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI and sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) went 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI. He hit his 12th double of the season.
Sophomore Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run.
Sophomore Andrew Perez (Orlando) logged 2.0 innings, gave up one run but no hits and struck out two, as he earned his fifth win of the year.
Junior Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) tossed the final 2.0 innings and earned his fourth save of the season.
USF improves its record against ECU to 9-15. But the series is now tied in Tampa, 5-5.
The Bulls remain in a tie for first in the league, as UCF and Houston each won tonight.
The Bulls clubbed double-digit hits for the 25th time this season.
This Cavallaro's third-straight save.
Coach Kingston on the offenses resiliency and keys for tomorrow.
The Bulls play game two of the season's final home series Saturday at 6:30 against the Pirates.
About USF Baseball
The University of South Florida baseball team is one of the fastest rising programs in the country. Under the guidance of head coach Mark Kingston, the Bulls reached the NCAA Regionals in 2015 for the first time in 13 years and USF followed that success with a consensus Top 10 recruiting class. Five players from that recruiting class were everyday starters in 2016 including outfielder Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.), who led the team in home runs, and catcher Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.), who was named the 2016 PGCBL Player of the Year. The Bulls won series from two ranked teams in 2016 (No. 21 East Carolina, No. 25 Michigan State, began the 2017 season with a series win over Iowa and earned just it's second win over a top-five team with a 4-2 victory against No. 3 Florida State on Feb. 21. The win over FSU was part of the best start in program history thanks to a 19-game winning streak, the second-longest in USF Baseball records.
The USF Baseball program has won five conference titles and the Bulls have made 11 NCAA appearances. Follow the baseball team on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram), visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information, and purchase tickets for upcoming games at USFBullsTix.com. For tickets, contact the USF Ticket Office at 1-800-Go-Bulls or by going online to USFBullsTix.com.