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Game Two (Saturday, Feb. 23): 7 p.m.
TAMPA, Fla. – A single by sophomore Victor Pina in the bottom of the 12th gave the University of South Florida baseball team a 6-5 victory over the Indiana State Sycamores Saturday night at Red McEwen Field.
“For us to win there must be a hero every night,” said head coach Prado. “Tonight it was Victor Pina.”
The heroics started earlier in the game when in the bottom of the ninth and the bases loaded, junior Chris Rey crushed a 3-2 fastball over the left field wall, tying the game at five, and sending the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the 12th, senior Joey Angelberger smashed a double over the ISU right fielder’s head to lead off the inning. After an intentional walk to senior Charles Cleveland, Pina hit a hard liner past the second baseman, scoring Angelberger, giving USF its first extra-inning victory since they defeated Pittsburgh in last year’s BIG EAST Tournament.
“With all of the young guys on our team, it was a great win for our club,” added Prado.
Right-hander Shawn Sanford earned his first victory of the season, the fourth win of his career. The sophomore out of Cinnaminson, N.J. pitched three scoreless innings in relief, striking out four of his 11 batters faced.
Nathan Inman picked up the loss for Indiana State, allowing one run from two hits over 3.1 innings pitched.
Saturday's four-hour, 36-minute game was the longest in Prado’s USF coaching career.
The USF victory gives the Bulls a 2-0 lead in the series against the Sycamores heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. finale.
Freshman right-hander Randy Fontanez will toe the rubber for the Bulls on Sunday while junior Micah Spencer will get the nod for the Sycamores.