Fontanez, Bulls Take Game 1 Over Seton Hall, 4-2
April 15, 2011
Fontanez(4-2) was outstanding en route to his fourth win of the season and his third in four BIG EAST starts.
He would scatter four hits allow two runs over eight-plus innings, striking out six while walking just one.
After allowing a one-out single in the second, the Oviedo, Fla. native retired the next 17 batters, facing just one over the minimum through seven innings.
With Fontanez locked in on the mound, the Bulls touched up Seton Hall starter Brian Gilbert in the fourth inning after being held in check in the previous three innings. Gilbert would last just 3.2 innings, suffering the loss.
The Bulls put the first two on in the fourth and after a sacrifice bunt by James Ramsay, Chad Taylor gave USF a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to right scoring Todd Brazeal, who lead off the inning with a single.
Andrew Longley immediately followed with his second of three hits on the night to drive in Jimmy Falla. The Bulls tacked on two more runs in the inning on a base-loaded single by Junior Carlin to complete their scoring on the night and take a 4-0 lead.
The RBI single for Carlin extended his hit streak to 13 games.
At the plate, the Bulls out-hit the Pirates, 9-4, led by a trio of hits from Longley with Jonathan Koscso and Luis Llerena collecting two hits apiece.
The two-hit game for Koscso marked the fourth straight multi-hit game for the senior lead-off man.
Fontanez's streak of 17 batters retired in a row would end on a lead-off double to start the bottom of the eighth as the Pirates would finally break into the scoring column in the inning.
Still with a 4-1 lead, Fontanez returned for the ninth looking for his 11th career complete-game but it would not be in the cards as he allowed the first two batters to reach and thus ending his night.
With the tying run at the plate, Bulls head coach Lelo Prado called on senior closer Kevin Quackenbush preserve the win and he would answer.
Quackenbush would allow a run but retired three of the four batters he faced to pick up his seventh save of the season in eight chances.
The Bulls will look to take their third straight series tomorrow afternoon.
Due to weather expected to hit the area, tomorrow's start time has been moved up to noon with senior RHP Kyle Eastham slated to get the start. The game can be heard live on 1010 CBS Sports in Tampa and streamed lived on the internet through BullsVIsion on GoUSFBulls.com.
USF is 10-3 against Seton Hall all-time... Todd Brazeal extended his hitting streak to seven games... Fontanez is 17-5 in 30 BIG EAST starts ... The start for Jonathan Koscso was the 208 consecutive start of his career... Fontanez has went at-least 8.0 innings in his last four starts... The win was the 21st of his career... With 274 career strikeouts, Fontanez is one shy of Casey Huspeth for fifth all-time ... The save for Quackenbush is the 17th of his career, moving into 6th all-time in Bulls' history... Jonathan Koscso is just one hit shy of moving into the Bulls' top ten in career hits.... He now has 246 career hits...