Bulls Knock-Off No. 18 Stetson on Bright House
April 19, 2011
A two-run single by Sam Mende in the bottom of the first inning got USF on the board and the Bulls would not look back, tacking on an unearned run in the second as Junior Carlin sent a grounder off the glove of Stetson third baseman Ben Carhart to score Luis Llerena.
The Bulls extended their lead to 5-0 on a two-run double by James Ramsay in the bottom of the third, driving in his 17th and 18th runs of the season.
With a comfortable lead in hand, the USF pitching staff would take it from there, using five pitchers to limit a dangerous Stetson offensive attack to just five hits on the night.
Starter Zach Pietrzyk cruised through three predetermined innings of work allowing just two hits, striking out two.
The start for Pietrzyk was his first since 2008 and just the second of his career. Despite throwing just three frames, his efforts were good enough to pick up his third win of the season.
Four pitchers combined to preserve the win for the Bulls in relief, including 1.2 innings from sophomore LHP Kyle Parker, who made his season debut after having off-season shoulder surgery.
After a perfect fourth inning, Stetson would get to Parker for a run in the fifth before he gave way to Andrew Loynaz. Loynaz allowed one hit in 2.1 innings, striking out three.
After extending his hit streak to 16 games in his first at-bat of the game with a double, senior Junior Carlin came in from leftfield to the pitcher's mound to work an inning of scoreless relief in the eighth.
The Hatters would not go down without a fight as they would pick-up a run off senior closer Kevin Quackenbush in a non-save situation. Quackenbush would shut the door after allowing the first two batters to reach before retiring the next three to end the game.
Seven different Bulls added to USF's nine-hit outing, led by two hits apiece from junior Andrew Longley and sophomore Chad Taylor.
The Bulls will now look to move above .500 for the first time this season when they head to Louisville for a three-game set against the Cardinals beginning Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Bulls improve to 4-1 in games carried by Bright House Sports Network... The win over the Stetson evens the season series at one... Sophomore LHP Kyle Parker made his season debut pitching 1.2 innings... It was his first appearance since April 21 of last year vs. Florida... Junior Carlin extended his career high hit streak to 16 games... Jonathan Koscso was hit by a pitch to lead-off the game... It was the 17th time Koscso has been this season... He ties himself, and two others for 6th most HBPs in a season... He has been 72 times in his career... Three wins for Pietrzyk puts him one behind Randy Fontanez for the team lead in wins.