Villanova Upends Bulls Late in Finale, 4-3
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. –Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead after two innings of play, the University of South Florida baseball team (12-15, 3-3) could not hold on as Villanova came from behind late in the game to take the series finale, 4-3, over the Bulls.
With a 3-2 lead in the eighth, USF called on senior closer Kevin Quackenbush for a six-out save but it would not be the case.
Allowing his first runs since February 25, Quackenbush yielded two runs in the inning as USF could not turn what would have been an inning ending double play with runners on the corner and one out. The tying run scored on the failed double play turn followed by the eventual game winner on an RBI double on the next pitch by David Koczirka.
The blown save is the first in six chances so far this season for Quackenbush as he would take the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season.
USF starter Matt Reed suffered a no-decision despite leaving the game with the lead. Reed went 5.1 innings allowing two runs on seven hits.
Reed cruised through the first five innings but was touched up for two runs in the sixth before giving way to reliever Andrew Loynaz, who record the final two outs of the inning to preserve the 3-2 lead for the Bulls.
USF jumped out to 3-0 lead after two innings thanks to a two-out RBI single by Todd Brazeal in the top of the first followed by an RBI groundout by Andrew Longley and an RBI single by Peter Brotons in second, which chased Villanova starter Kevin MacLachan after just 1.2 innings of work.
But that would be all for the Bulls as Villanova reliever Matt Ostapeck silenced the Bulls allowing two hits over 6.1 innings of scoreless relief, retiring the final 12 Bulls he faced.
Down 4-3 heading into the top of the ninth, USF put the tying run on second base with one out but Jimmy Falla was erased at third base on a Fielder's choice by Chad Taylor.
On the day, Brazeal paced USF at the plate picking up two of the Bulls seven hits on the afternoon.
USF will have a short turn around as they head back to Jacksonville for a pair of mid-week clashes against Jacksonville University. The Bulls will battle the Dolphins on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. and then again on Wednesday with a 4:30 start.
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