GAINESVILLE, MAY 9, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team compiled 13 hits and scored its second-most runs all-time against Florida in Tuesday night's 15-10 win.
The Bulls (38-10, 12-6 The American) have now defeated then No. 3 Florida State and No. 5 Florida this season, marking the first time they have done so in the same year since 1989.
USF struck early on a Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) two-run homer. The Gators (35-14, 16-8 SEC) got one back on a solo shot in the second, but the Bulls responded in the next half inning.
The visitors scored six runs on four hits to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The advantage got up to as much as 13-3 after the Bulls plated a pair in the sixth and seventh.
After USF manufactured its second 10-run lead with two in the ninth, the Gators plated five in the bottom half but the lead was large enough to hold onto.
Freshman D.J. Roberts (Jacksonville) had his best outing, going 7.0 innings allowing just two earned runs while striking out four.
Eight USF hitters had at least one hit with either a run scored or a RBI.
The Bulls walked a season-high 17 times and had eight extra-base hits.
Genord went 3-for-5 with three runs and four RBI.
Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) had just one hit but had three RBI.
Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) scored three runs, drove in two runs and walked three times.
Sophomores Coco Montes (Miami), David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) each had two hits with a combined seven runs.
The win marks the first against the Gators since 2012, snapping a six-game losing streak.
It also marks the first time in program history that the Bulls defeated both FSU and Florida on the road in the same season.
The 15 runs are the most for the Bulls since March 29, 2015.
The Bulls improve to 7-4 on the road and 8-2 in midweek games this season.
The Bulls clubbed double-digit hits for the 28th time this year.
Coach Kingston on tonight's win.
USF heads north to play a three-game series at UConn beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m.
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.