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USF vs. VU
Game One: USF 6, VU 4
Game Two: VU 11, USF 7
Game Three: USF 6, VU 4

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USF at Florida | April 22 | Gainesville, Fla.


PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - The USF baseball team improved 24-14 on the season with a 6-4 win at Villanova on Sunday afternoon. The win moved the Bulls to 12-3 in conference play and 6-3 on the road this season while they took at 5-4 edge in the Villanova series under head coach Lelo Prado. Villanova dropped to 18-18 on the season and 4-11 in conference play with the loss.

Freshman Sam Mende led the “Green & Gold” offensively, going 2-4 at the plate with a double while Todd Brazeal was 2-5 with a double and a pair of RBI. Peter Brotons also went 2-5 at the plate knocking in one run.

Starting pitcher Shawn Sanford earned the win for the Bulls on the mound, retiring the Wildcats in order on three separate occasions. Sanford gave up seven hits and two earned runs through 7.1 innings of work while striking out four to earn his third victory of the season.

Joe Cole relieved Sanford in the bottom of the eighth, holding Villanova scoreless while striking out three through 1.2 innings to earn his second save.

USF took the early 1-0 lead in the first, then tied the game in the fourth after Villanova scored three in the second. The Bulls added a trio of runs in the sixth, but gave up one in the eighth to keep the game close. The Wildcats threatened to score in the bottom of the ninth, putting a pair of runners on base before USF secured the victory, forcing the final batter to ground out to second, ending the game, 6-4.

The Bulls recorded at least three hits in three innings today, starting with three in the first, adding four in the fourth and three more in the sixth.
USF came out of the blocks quickly in the rubber game against Villanova, scoring a run after three consecutive base hits up the middle by the Bulls. Jonathan Koscso and Stephen Hunt were on base when Todd Brazeal tagged his RBI-single, recording his 30th RBI of the season.

Villanova gained the lead in the second as with one out, six consecutive batters reached base safely. Wesley Borden reached on a throwing error by Todd Brazeal, then Sanford walked back-to-back batters in Dain Hall and David Koczirka. Kevin Wager then tagged a two-RBI double down the left line. Tyler Sciacca reached on a fielder’s choice as Koczirka is thrown out trying to score, then Matt Szczur sent an RBI single up the middle to give Villanova the 3-1 lead.

Four hits plated two Bulls in the fourth to tie the game.  Trey Manz hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a sac bunt from Sam Mende then scored on an RBI single from Mike Consolmagno. Back-to-back base hits from Peter Brotons and Ryan Lockwood drove in Consolmagno, the game-tying run, in the fourth.
Eight Bulls came to the plate in the sixth, which was started by a double down the left line by Sam Mende, followed by a walk to Consolmagno and an RBI single by Brotons. Lockwood put down a sac bunt to move Brotons to second, then he scored on a fielder’s choice by Hunt. Brazeal tagged the second double of the inning down the left line to drive in the third run of the inning.

Reliever Joe Cole came into the game with two on and one out in the eighth, struck out his first batter, then allowed one run to score, but stranded three by striking out the seventh batter of the inning.

Villanova made one final attempt in the bottom of the ninth, as a pair of singles put the tying run on board with one out. Cole fanned the next batter he faced before forcing a ground out to second, ending the game and securing a 6-4 USF victory.

The Bulls are off on Tuesday night, then will travel to Gainesville to play Florida at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Game Notes

Three Hits at a Time

USF recorded at least three hits in three innings on April 19, starting with three in the first, adding four in the fourth and three more in the sixth.

Lockwood Reaches Base Safely 80 Straight Times

Although sophomore outfielder Ryan Lockwood’s 32-game hitting streak came to an end on Feb. 22 he continues another streak – consecutive games reaching base safely. Lockwood extended his streak to 80 against Villanova on April 19. Only twice in his USF career he has not reached base, the first was his first-career game on Feb. 22, 2008 and the second was just two games later on Feb. 24. In a recent nation-wide poll of college SIDS, Andy Dirks of Wichita State had a 74-game streak in 2007.