TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – University of South Florida (9-7) left handed pitcher Teddy Kaufman rung up 11 Rattlers in the Bulls' 6-1 win over Florida A&M (6-8) Tuesday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field.
Kaufman (1-0) picked up his first win of the year in a complete 9.0 inning outing, allowing only three hits and no earned runs. Throwing 103 pitches, he didn't walk any of the 30 Rattlers he faced.
Redshirt freshman Todd Brazeal and freshman Sam Mende led the offensive attack with two-hit outings. Brazeal had a pair of base hits and scored twice while Mende had a double and an RBI. Redshirt freshman Andrew Longley also had a double and drove in three.
After three scoreless innings, the Bulls cracked the scoreboard first, picking up a pair of runs from two hits and a FAMU error. Brazeal connected on USF's first hit of the game, a single to left field, then advanced to second as Mende reached on an error by the FAMU centerfielder. Longley doubled to left field, driving in both Brazeal and Mende, pushing the Bulls ahead 2-0 in the fourth.
FAMU answered with one run in the bottom of the inning after the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch then scored on an error by the Bulls.
Three innings later the Bulls added three more runs to take the 5-1 lead. Brazeal drew a walk and advanced to second on a ground out by Chris Rey. Mende sent a base hit to center field, which scored Brazeal, giving Mende his ninth RBI of the season. Mike Consolmagno drew a walk then moved to second when Mende scored on a passed ball. Longley also walked, then Consolmagno scored when Brotons grounded out to shortstop.
USF wrapped up the scoring in the ninth as Mende doubled to center, advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored when Longley grounded out to shortstop.
The Bulls and Rattlers are back in action Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Tallahassee.