Up Next For the Bulls: Game 45: UCONN | May 7 | 6:00 p.m. | Norwich, Conn.
TAMPA - The University of South Florida baseball team(22-22) dropped a 10-4 decision to Central Florida Tuesday night at the USF Baseball Stadium.
The Bulls would start quickly in the first, manufacturing a 1-0 run lead on an RBI groundout by junior Todd Brazeal.
UCF would answer with a run in the next half inning off Bulls starter Zach Pietrzyk, but the Bulls retook the lead with an RBI single by senior Peter Brotons giving them a 2-1 lead.
A three run third gave the Knights the lead for good and put Pietrzyk on the hook for his second loss of the season.
Making his second start of the season, Pietrzyk yielded four runs, scattering eight hits in three innings.
The Knights broke the game open in the fourth with five runs, taking advantage of three USF errors in the inning with five hits capped off by a three run homer by DJ Hicks off reliever Trey Dahl.
RHP Andrew Loynaz worked two innings of scoreless relief to keep the score at 9-2 and LHP Janick Serrallonga followed with a scoreless inning himself.
With the loss, the Bulls split the season series with the Knights. Each of the past three seasons now, each team has won on the oppositions home field.
UCF starter Bryan Brown went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits to to pick up the win.
The Bulls rallied for two runs in the eighth on an RBI triple by Anthony Diaz and an RBI ground out by Daniel Rockhold to cut the UCF lead to 9-4.
But that would be all for the Bulls.
Rockhold, along with Koscso and junior Sam Mende, collected two hits to lead the Bulls 10 hit attack.
USF will turn the page and prepare for an important three game set at BIG EAST leading UConn. Due to UConn's exam schedule, the Bulls and Huskies' series will start on Saturday instead of the normal Friday.
The series opener will be played in Norwich, Conn. at Dodd Stadium home of the Connecticut Tigers, a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Detroit Tigers of the New York-Penn League.
Game Notes Dr. Stephen Klasko, dean of the USF College of Medicine, threw out the first pitch caught by Jonathan Koscso, who was accepted last week into the school medical school... The triple for Diaz was the first of his career... Two hits for Rockhold marked the first base-hits since returning from a broken thumb during the Louisville series, breaking an 0-for-15 skid... The two teams combined to use 11 pitchers, Six from USF and five by UCF...