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USF at Georgetown:
Game One: USF 11, Georgetown 3
Game Two: USF 10, Georgetown 7

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BETHESDA, Md. – A season-high six home runs powered the Bulls to a 10-7 victory against Georgetown in the second of a three-game BIG EAST series on Friday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.

Chris Rey paced the Bulls offensively, going 3-4 with two homeruns and three RBI. Stephen Hunt also tagged a pair of home runs, driving in three RBI.

Along with Rey and Hunt, Daniel Rockhold and Sam Mende also had home runs while four Bulls had doubles in the game - Ryan Lockwood, Brandon Smith, Rockhold and Mende.  

The last time USF had six home runs in a game was on April 30, 1999 against UAB.

In the last five games, USF has collected 14 home runs, including the six against Georgetown on April 10. In the first 27 games, USF only recorded eight bombs. Now USF has 22 total home runs in 32 games. 

USF improves to 21-11 on the season and 9-2 in the BIG EAST with the win while Georgetown moves to 10-21 overall and 3-8 in conference play.

USF has started the 2009 BIG EAST season with a 9-2 record, the best start since the Bulls went 16-2 to begin the 1996 conference campaign. In 1996, USF won the regular season Conference USA Championship and finished second in the C-USA tournament. That team also went 2-2 in the NCAA Regional that year.

Shawn Sanford earned the win for the Bulls on Friday, allowing nine hits and six earned runs through six innings of work while striking out seven.

Joe Cole relieved Sanford in the seventh, throwing two hitless innings while striking out one and allowing one unearned run.

Kevin Quakenbush closed out the game for USF in the bottom of the ninth, holding the Hoyas hitless to secure his league-leading fifth save of the season, throwing just five pitches.

USF scored in five of the first six innings and held Georgetown scoreless in five frames.

With two outs in the first inning, Stephen Hunt tagged his second home run of the season, a shot over the right field fence, to give USF the 1-0 lead. 

Mende added a second run in the next inning, connecting on his third homer of the year, a leadoff bomb to right.

Georgetown answered with a pair of runs in the second with three consecutive one-out hits. After a double down the left line and a single to right field, the Hoyas recorded a two-RBI double to right center.

Back-to-back doubles from Brandon Smith and Daniel Rockhold plated USF’s third run, putting USF ahead 3-2.

A pair of home runs gave USF the 7-2 lead in the fourth. Lockwood led off the top of the fourth with a double to right, then moved to third on a sac bunt by Jonathan Koscso. Hunt then blasted his second home run of the game, a two run shot to left. After Hunt's home run, Brazeal was plunked between the 3s on his back, his second in as many games. Rey collected his second home run of the series, a two-run shot over the 20-foot fence in center field, plating Brazeal on the shot.

Georgetown added their third run with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the fourth, bringing the score to 7-3.

After a scoreless fifth, the teams combined for five runs from six hits in the sixth.

Brazeal reached on a base hit to right, then scored as Daniel Rockhold hit USF’s fifth home run of the game, a two-run shot to left.

The Hoyas responded with back-to-back doubles and a single in the bottom of the sixth to score three runs, cutting the deficit, 9-6.

Georgetown brought the Bulls' lead to two in the bottom of the seventh as Joe Cole relieved Sanford on the mound for USF, dealing walks to the first two batters he faced, and a throwing error allowed the Hoyas to score, 9-7.

Rey cemented the Bulls' victory in the top of the eighth, belting his second home run of the game over the right field wall, guiding USF to the 10-7 victory.

USF and Georgetown face off Saturday at noon for the final of the three-game BIG EAST series.

Game Notes

Best Start Since 1996
USF has started the 2009 BIG EAST season with a 9-2 record, the best start since the Bulls went 16-2 to begin the 1996 conference campaign. In 1996, USF won the regular season Conference USA Championship and finished second in the C-USA tournament. That team also went 2-2 in the NCAA Regional that year.

Six Homers for USF
USF has collected six home runs in the April 10 game against Georgetown, which is the 2009 season high. Previously, the Bulls collected a trio of homers at UCF (3/11), and twice against Pittsburgh on April 4 and April 5. The last time USF had six home runs in a game was on April 30, 1999 against UAB.

Two Home Runs Per Game
Four Bulls have had a pair of home runs in the same game this season. Redshirt freshman Todd Brazeal had two against Pitt on April 4, senior Trey Manz had two against Pitt the next night, and sophomore Stephen Hunt and senior Chris Rey each recorded two on April 10 at Georgetown.

Bulls Have Power Numbers
In the last five games, USF has collected 14 home runs, including the six against Georgetown on April 10. In the first 27 games, USF only recorded eight bombs. Now USF has 22 total home runs in 32 games.