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USF at Georgetown:
Game One: USF 11, GU 3
Game Two: USF 10, GU 7
Game Three: USF 7, GU 2

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USF vs. FIU | April 14-15 | Tampa, Fla.


BETHESDA, Md. -  The University of South Florida (22-11, 10-2) baseball team completed the three-game sweep of Georgetown (10-22, 3-9) with a 7-2 win, to hold on to a tie for first in the league with a 10-2 record.

West Virginia also owns a 10-2 BIG EAST record after a 2-1 weekend against St. John’s.

USF has swept three of its four BIG EAST weekends this season, starting with Rutgers, adding Pittsburgh last weekend and Georgetown this weekend. USF only had two league sweeps in their first three seasons in the BIG EAST, the first was in 2006 against Seton Hall and the second against Notre Dame in 2008.

Sophomore starting RHP Derrick Stultz earned his fourth win of the season, striking out 10 in his 7.0 innings, allowing two runs from five hits, in the Bulls’ 22nd win of the season on April 11 against Georgetown.

Sophomore Stephen Hunt tagged his third home run in the last two games, driving in three and drawing three walks in USF’s 10th BIG EAST win of the year. Ryan Lockwood was 2-3 with two RBI and two walks.

Freshman Todd Brazeal drew three walks and junior Peter Brotons added two hits to the Bulls’ third league sweep of the year.

Georgetown took the 1-0 lead in the second, but USF scored four unanswered runs to take the three-run lead. The Hoyas scored one in the sixth, but the Bulls added two more in the next frame to extend the lead to four runs. USF scored one in the ninth to take home the 7-2 win.

After a leadoff home run by the Hoyas in the bottom of the second, USF answered with two runs in the third. Peter Brotons drew a leadoff walk, then moved over on a base hit from Ryan Lockwood. Koscso reached on a fielder’s choice then Brotons scored on a fielder’s choice by Stephen Hunt. Hunt moved to third on a passed ball then scored on a throwing error by the Georgetown catcher.

In the fifth, Hunt tagged his third home run of the series, and fourth of the season, a shot over the right field wall, to give the Bulls the 3-1 lead.

An inning later, Brotons reached on a throwing error by the Hoya second baseman, then scored after a bases loaded walk to Hunt.

Georgetown registered their second run of the game with a leadoff home run in the sixth.

Junior Carlin led the seventh by reaching and moving to second on a throwing error by the Hoyas. Sam Mende drew a walk, then Lockwood punched a two-out, two-RBI double to left field to extend USF’s lead, 6-2.

Stultz struck out three in the first and two in the second, fifth and sixth inning on the way to his 10-K outing. The only two runs scored by the Hoyas were on solo home runs.

Daniel Rockhold, who entered the game in the bottom of the seventh for pinch hitter Trey Manz, drew a leadoff walk in the ninth, moved around on a base hit by Brotons and a sac bunt from Lockwood, then scored on a wild pitch by the Hoyas.

USF has started the 2009 BIG EAST season with a 10-2 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.

USF returns to the field in midweek action against FIU at home in Tampa April 14 and April 15. The first game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday and the second starts at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Game Notes
Stultz Records Team-High 10 Ks
Sophomore Derrick Stultz recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in the April 11 game against Georgetown. His previous career high was eight on April 20, 2008 against Rutgers and his 2009 season high was six against Purdue on February 21.

Bulls Sweeping the BIG EAST
USF has swept three of its four BIG EAST weekends this season, starting with Rutgers, adding Pittsburgh last weekend and Georgetown this weekend. USF only had two league sweeps in their first three seasons in the BIG EAST, the first was in 2006 against Seton Hall and the second against Notre Dame in 2008.

Best Start Since 1996
USF has started the 2009 BIG EAST season with a 10-2 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.