FORT MYERS – With the Bulls down by two in the second inning, University of South Florida senior catcher Trey Manz rocketed the team's first homerun of the season, leading the Bulls (2-3) to a 13-8 win over Samford (2-3) on Friday at the Florida Gulf Coast Classic.
Manz ended the game 2-for-3 with the homerun and a double, driving in four and scoring twice.
Five Bulls recorded multiple-hit games, led by senior outfielder Chris Rey's 3-for-4 outing. Rey and redshirt freshman Todd Brazeal each had a pair of doubles in USF's second win of the season.
Sophomore Matt Stull earned his sixth-career victory, striking out six in his six innings on the hill. Junior Joe Cole pitched two strong innings - the seventh and eighth - giving up just two hits and striking out one. He faced eight batters.
In a see-saw battle the first six innings, Samford took the first lead, 2-0, in the first inning. USF tied the game in the second, then Samford took the one-run lead in the fourth. USF scored four in the fifth, but Samford answered with three to tie it up again. In the sixth, the Bulls scored two, taking the lead for the remainder of the game.
Sophomore third baseman Jonathan Koscso started the offensive attack with a double for the second-straight game. Against Boston College, he registered the first USF hit of the game in the fourth inning, but against Samford, it was in the first frame.
Samford took the lead again in the fourth, scoring one run, but the Bulls answered with four in the top of the fifth to take the 6-3 edge.
In the fifth, eight USF batters came to the plate, collecting two extra-base hits, a pair of walks and a hit by pitch. With one out, senior Mike Consolmagno was hit by a pitch, then scored on a triple by sophomore Ryan Lockwood. Koscso reached on a fielder's choice, when Lockwood was thrown out on a squeeze play at home. With two outs, sophomore Stephen Hunt and Brazeal each drew a walk to load the bases. Rey unloaded the bases with a three-run double to center field, giving the Bulls the three-run lead.
The Bulldogs again responded with runs, scoring three in the bottom of the fifth, knotting the game in a 6-6 tie.
USF added a pair of runs in the sixth when Manz drew a walk, then Consolmagno singled to set the table for a Lockwood sacrifice fly. With two outs, Koscso drove in Consolmagno on a single to center field.
After holding Samford scoreless in the sixth, USF added an insurance run in the seventh with back-to-back doubles from Brazeal and Rey.
USF held an 11-6 lead after the eighth, after Consolmagno drew a walk, stole second and third, then scored on a throwing error by Samford. Koscso drew a walk, then Hunt drove him in on a single up the middle.
Defensively in the eighth, Brotons and Mende put on a show again with a similar play to Thursday afternoon's Web Gem. For the second-straight game, Brotons dove for a grounder and flipped the ball to Mende. Against Boston College, the play resulted in one out, against Samford, the duo turned the inning-ending double play.
The Bulls wrapped up the game with two more runs in the ninth after Mende drew a walk, then moved over to third on a double by Manz, his second extra-base hit of the game. Mende scored on a two-out single by Consolmagno.
The Bulls will play two more games in Ft. Myers this weekend in the Florida Gulf Coast Classic. USF faces Florida Gulf Coast at 4 p.m. Saturday and Towson at noon on Sunday. USF is expected to throw Derrick Stultz Saturday and Shawn Sanford Sunday.