Fontanez, Bulls Cruise in 7-1 Game One Victory
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. – Behind eight strong innings from senior RHP Randy Fontanez, the University of South Florida baseball team led from the outset and cruised to a 7-1 win over Villanova in Game one of a Saturday doubleheader at the Villanova Ballpark in Plymouth.
Fontanez, who came into the game 3-0 against Villanova in his career, continued his mastery of the Wildcats retiring the first 14 batters of the game and improving to 3-2 on the season.
With two outs in the fifth, Fontanez hit Villanova’s Kevin Wager to break up his perfection and then his no-hit bid was broken up by the following batter as Kevin Rambaud
The Bulls gave Fontanez before he even stepped on the mound by manufacturing a run. Senior Jonathan Koscso was hit by a pitch for the 67th time his career to lead off the game. Koscso was sacrificed over and came into score on a two-out single by Todd Brazeal.
With Fontanez cruising on the mound, USF extended their lead to 3-0 thanks to a RBI safety sacrifice bunt by Carlin in fourth and an RBI single by Andrew Longley in the sixth.
Villanova would finally break through against Fontanez in the sixth on an RBI-groundout to cut the USF advantage to 3-1 but that would be all for the wildcats as Fontanez worked a scoreless seventh and eighth innings and senior RHP Zach Pietrzyk worked a scoreless ninth
On the afternoon, Fontanez scattered five hits yielding one run striking out three. Fontanez allowed a leadoff walk in the eighth inning, his first base on balls in 46.1 of work and just his second free pass allowed this season.
The Bulls would break the game open in the eighth inning with four unearned runs on four hits taking advantage of three walks and a pair of Wildcat errors.
On the day, USF outhit Villanova, 7-5, with seven different Bulls picking up a hit. Koscso lead the way for the Bulls scoring two runs. He reached base four times on the day, raising his on-base percentage to a team-high .453.
The Bulls will take on Wildcats again in Game two of the series starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
First pitch this afternoon was 12:06… The game was played in 2:17… USF is 8-5 against Villanova since joining the BIG EAST… The start for Koscso was his 200th consecutive start… He has started every game since stepping on campus… Koscso extended his hit streak to six games… Koscso was hit by a pitch for the 67th time in his career.