Baseball's Eight Game BIG EAST Winning Streak Snapped
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F USF USF vs. VU
Game One: USF 6, VU 4
Game Two: VU 11, USF 7
Game Three: Sunday, 12:15 p.m.
USF at Florida | Wednesday, April 22 | Gainesville, Fla.
USF vs. VU
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – The University of South Florida baseball team broke its eight game BIG EAST winning streak Saturday after falling to Villanova 11-7.
The loss drops the Bulls to 23-24 overall and 11-3 in BIG EAST play. This is the first loss in conference play since March 28 when the Bulls dropped the second game of the series to Connecticut.
The Bulls are now 4-4 against Villanova under Lelo Prado’s leadership. USF was 1-2 against the Wildcats in 2007, and won two out of three against them in 2008. The two teams have split the first two games of the season in this series.
In Saturday's game, starting pitcher Derrick Stultz pitched six innings and allowed five earned runs on nine hits while striking out eight.
Stultz was relieved by Zach Pietryzk who pitched a scoreless inning before giving way to Kevin Quackenbush. Quackenbush pitched .2 innings and allowed four earned runs on three hits while walking two.
Doug Wagner came in and allowed a hit before getting the final out.
Stephen Hunt homered and singled accounting for three RBI in the game.
Brandon Smith picked up three more hits, a single, a double and a home run, to improve his BIG EAST average to .556 on the season.
Freshman Sam Mende singled and picked up his 10th double of the season, good for second best on the team.
Villanova took the 2-0 lead, but USF came back with a three-run eighth to go ahead 6-5. The Wildcats then scored six in the eighth, but the Bulls could only collect one more in the ninth, losing 11-7.
In the second inning, Villanova connected on three consecutive one-out hits, including a double, to take the 2-0 lead. Stultz then faced a two-out, bases loaded situation, but forced Joe Rosati to pop up to Peter Brotons at second base to get out of the jam.
USF cut the lead in half the next frame, as Ryan Lockwood extended his streak of reaching base safely with a one-out double to center field. Lockwood moved to third on a Jonathan Koscso ground out to second base, then scored when Stephen Hunt singled through the left side. Lockwood’s streak improved to 79 games and Hunt collected his 29th RBI of the season in the inning.
Villanova added three runs over the next three innings to take the 5-2 lead after six.
A David Koczirka triple followed by a sac fly from Kevin Wager extended the Villanova lead in the fourth, and a two-out homerun by Matt McFolling gave VU the 4-2 edge after five.
Daniel Rockhold drew a leadoff walk in the sixth and scored USF’s second run on a double to left center by Brandon Smith.
Villanova added their third run in three innings after a leadoff base hit by Koczirka and an RBI triple from Matt Szczur in the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Lockwood drew a leadoff walk, then Koscso and Brazeal were hit by a pitches to load the bases. With one out, Trey Manz came in to hit for Daniel Rockhold, reaching on a fielding error by Szczur in right field, picking up his 17th RBI of the season on the play.
The Bulls took their first lead of the game in the eighth after Consolmagno scored when Koscso reached on an error then Stephen Hunt drove in Lockwood with a homerun over the right field wall. Hunt and Chris Rey are now tied for the team lead with five homeruns apiece.
Villanova added six runs in the bottom of the eighth from a pair of two-run homers, two base hits, two walks and one player was hit by a pitch.
The Bulls and Wildcats will wrap up the three-game series on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth Meeting.
Smith has had three hits in back-to-back-to-back games. Smith homered against Villavova, the first of the season and of his career. The three hits improved Smith’s batting average to a team best .556 average in BIG EAST play.
Hunt Home Run
Sophomore Stephen Hunt tagged his fifth homerun of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth against Villanova, to tie for the team lead in long balls.
Lockwood Reaches Base Safely 79 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 79 in the second game against Villanova. 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.