TAMPA- The University of South Florida baseball team fell, 10-1, to the No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners Saturday night in the Bulls Baseball Classic. The Bulls fall to 7-7 on the year and the Sooners improve to 17-3.
USF got on the board first by scoring one in the first inning, but OU scored 10 over six innings to take home the victory.
"That's two games in a row that we haven't played or pitched very well," said head coach Lelo Prado. "In four innings we didn't get the leadoff batter out and they scored a bunch of runs after that."
USF sophomore Derrick Stultz (2-1) is tabbed with his first loss of the season while pitching 3.2 innings, allowing five hits, four earned runs, walking one, and striking out two. Pietrzyk pitched two effective innings, allowing just one hit and ringing up three of his seven batters faced.
The Bulls were led offensively by Lockwood, who went 2-for-4 for the Bulls and scored the only USF run of the night. Redshirt freshman Todd Brazeal drove in USF's only RBI and sophomore Junior Carlin registered the Bulls' only extra base hit, a double in the first inning.
The Bulls pitching staff totaled nine strikeouts against the nationally ranked Sooners, led by three Pietrzyk. Stultz, junior Shawn Sanford and sophomore Stephen Hunt each struck out a pair of OU batters. a
USF started the game with great pitching and early showing of their offense. In the first inning, Stultz settled the Sooners early by utilizing his defense forcing three groundouts in the first, two to second baseman Peter Brotons and one to third baseman Jonathan Koscso.
The Bulls took an early lead on the Sooners from the legs of Lockwood and the bat of Brazeal. Lockwood reached safely in the first on a misplayed ball by the OU shortstop. Lockwood then advanced to second on a groundout to the second baseman by Koscso. With two outs and a runner in scoring position, Brazeal delivered a line drive single to center field scoring Lockwood from second base.
USF held the lead until the third inning when the Sooners’ offense came to life. A single to center field scored the first Sooner run of the game. Following the single, Oklahoma broke the tie with a two-run home run off of Stultz, giving the Sooners a 3-1 lead. In the fourth inning, Stultz was taken out of the game for possible discomfort and that brought junior Shawn Sanford to the mound with two runners on base. The lead then widened for the Sooners as they scored five earned runs off of Sanford and the Bulls offense could never answer back.
The Bulls finish the Bulls Baseball Classic Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. The Wildcats (8-9) lost a 10-inning battle with the Sooners on Friday night, 5-4 and a 5-3 game to Eastern Illinois Saturday.
Come out to see the Bulls and Wildcats at Red McEwen Field. Every Sunday all season ticket holders will receive a hot dog, drink and cracker jacks for just $5 by showing your ticket stub at the concessions stand.
If you cannot make it out to the final day of the Bulls Baseball Classic, the USF game can be heard on 1010 CBS Sports and live on BullsVision Radio on GoUSFBulls.com.