FORT MYERS -- Entering the game with a disappointing 2-4 record, the University of South Florida baseball team put together a season-high 16 hits to defeat Towson 15-9 in eight innings Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Florida Gulf Coast Classic.
The game was held to a three-hour time limit due to the travel schedule of the Towson Tigers (2-6).
Junior Carlin and Jonathan Koscso singled to left, Chris Rey hit a three-run homer and Todd Brazeal doubled to left – all in the first inning.
Carlin, who started in centerfield for the first time this eason, was 5-for-5 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. Koscso had a pair of hits and two RBI, while Brazeal collected a pair of doubles, one RBI and two runs scored. Along with his homerun, Rey also had a double in his 3-for-5 outing, collecting four RBI along the way. Peter Brotons also had a pair of hits and scored three times.
Junior relief pitcher Matt Quevedo earned his first win of the season and the fifth of his USF career with a two-run, three-hit, 4.2-inning day against Towson. Quevedo struck out six and walked two in his second appearance of the year.
Towson took an early lead, scoring three in the first frame, but USF scored four in the bottom half of the inning and never trailed again. The Bulls would tally 10 runs in the first four innings and add five runs in the final two innings to seal the win.
After USF's four-run, four-hit first inning, the Bulls scored three more in the second from four more hits. With one out, Consolmagno reached on an error, was moved to third on a single by Carlin and scored off a double to the left side by Koscso. Carlin then scored on a wild pitch. Rey singled through the right side, driving in Koscso and putting the Bulls up 7-3 after two innings.
In the third, Towson connected on a pair of homeruns and a single to score two more runs, drawing the score to 7-5.
USF answered with one run from a single to center by Brotons, a base-hit bunt by Junior Carlin and a sacrifice fly by Koscso.
Towson added one run from three hits in the fourth, but the Bulls again countered, this time with a pair of runs in bottom of the inning. Brazeal connected on his second double of the day in the fourth inning, then with two outs, scored on a single to left field by Brotons. Consolmagno doubled to left center, his second shot to hit the outfield fence this season, driving in Brotons.
In the sixth, both teams added one to their run total, keeping the margin at three, and in the seventh, USF held the Tigers to just one run before exploding for four runs of their own.
In the seventh, Rey reached on a throwing error and advanced to second on a passed ball. Brazeal was hit by a pitch and senior catcher Trey Manz drew a walk to load the bases. Rey and Brazeal scored on a passed ball, but Brotons and Consolmagno each drew walks to reload the bases. Carlin singled to center field, driving in two and giving USF the 15-9 edge.
Junior pitcher Shawn Sanford was relived after his 3.1-inning start, in which he struck out three and allowed six runs on 10 hits.
With no midweek games, USF will have a few days to prepare for the first home series of the season, a three-game set with Marshall. The Bulls and Thundering Herd will play at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.