Reed, Longley Lead Bulls to 4-2 Win Over Miami
With the bases loaded, Longley sent a 2-2 offering from Miami reliever Daniel Miranda up the middle, ricocheting off second-baseman Michael Broad's glove and into shallow center. The hit allowed Todd Brazeal and Sam Mende to score, providing the final 4-2 outcome.
The win is the Bulls' first over the Hurricanes since 2004.
Making his first start of the season, junior LHP Matt Reed tossed seven solid innings, allowing just one run while scattering four hits. Reed was efficient on the evening throwing just 73 pitches, 44 of which were strikes.
On two seperate occasions, Reed relied on his defense to turn double plays to escape potential Miami scoring threats.
With Reed in control on the mound, USF would get on the board in the second inning. Brazeal kept his hot bat rolling with a leadoff double to the wall in right, and with one out, freshman James Ramsay singled down the rightfield line, easily scoring Brazeal from second.
USF then tacked on another run in the third on an RBI groundout by Brazeal.
Miami would finally reach Reed for a run in the seventh on a David Villasuso sacrifice fly to cut the USF advantage to 2-1. Reed then escaped the inning with a runner standing on third with a fly out to center by Shane Rowland.
Reed left after the seventh with a 2-1 lead but did not factor in the decision as reliever Jimmy Moran allowed a run in the eighth on a RBI fielder's choice from Brad Fieger.
Moran became the pitcher of record and was put in line for the win after the Bulls' two-run eighth inning.
Senior Kevin Quackenbush continued his strong early season by working a scoreless ninth to give him his first save of the season and the 11th of his career.
Following tonight's win, the Bulls will return home to host Florida A&M for a three-game set this weekend. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the USF Baseball Stadium. The Bulls and the Rattlers will clash again at 7 p.m. on Saturday and then end the series with a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.
USF outhit Miami, 9-5, on the evening... It marks the second straight game USF has outhit the opposition... Todd Brazeal has hit safely in four straight games... The save for Kevin Quackenbush is the 11th of his career, tying him for 10th all-time... The three-hit game is the first of Longley's career and the fifth multi-hit game of his career... The Bulls last win over the Canes prior to tonight's came on March 16, 2004, a 7-2 win in Tampa... The Bulls are now 30-82 against Miami.