Reed, Hunt Power Bulls to 9-3 Win over Stetson
The 6-3 lefty cruised through 6.0 innings of efficient work. Reed gave up just one run on two hits while throwing just 29 pitches through his first three innings, 40 pitches through four and 49 through five innings. He threw just 62 pitches on the evening and, more impressively, 41 were for strikes.
The Bulls exploded for 15 hits with Stephen Hunt collecting four of those hits, while Alex Mendez and Todd Brazeal each had three hits a piece including a pair of doubles for Brazeal.
All but two Bulls in the USF lineup registered a hit on the night.
USF jumped out to an early lead on the Hatters, a recipe that has proven to be quite successful for the Bulls.
With runners on the corner and one out, Daniel Rockhold’s sacrifice fly to center scored Jonathan Koscso. After Hunt stole second, he scored on a RBI single by Junior Carlin to give the Bulls an early 2-0 lead.
On the night, USF swiped a season-high six bases with two coming from Junior Carlin
USF tacked on a run on in the third on a double by Brazeal, who would drive in another run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly.
Stetson finally got to Reed, who faced the minimum through the first 3.2 innings, in the fourth. With two outs, Alex Mendez misplayed a single by Ryan Lashley which allowed Spencer Thiesen, who doubled for the first hit of the night off Reed, to score uncontested.
Stetson did not go away, despite trailing 6-1 after six inning.
The Hatters cut Bulls’ lead to 6-3 on a solo home run by Aaron Critterden in the seventh and an RBI double from Jacob deGrom in the eighth.
Lefty closer Trey Dahl came on with two down in the eighth inning and a runner on second. Dahl halted any type of Stetson rally by striking out Thiesen to end the inning.
USF tacked on three runs in the ninth to extend its lead to 9-3.
Dahl then worked a scoreless ninth to record the four-out save despite Stetson loading the bases in their final at-bats. The save is the second save of the season for the southpaw.
USF will now turn its focus to No. 7 Florida, who will come to Tampa for a game that will air live on Bright House Sports Network. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Lefty Kyle Parker will get the starting nod for the Bulls on the bump.
With the win, USF avenges an 6-5 loss suffered on March 30 to Hatters in Stetson… USF is 15-4 when they score first and 14-6 when they out hit the opposition… USF’s 15 hits are the most since the Bulls collect 18 hits in the final game of the Sooner Classic against Western Illinois on March 7… Stephen Hunt’s four hit game marked his team leading 15th multi hit game of the season and his first four hit game of the season… In two games, Hunt is 6-for-11 against Stetson pitching… Alex Mende and Todd Brazeal tallied their first three hit game …Daniel Rockhold’s fourth inning single extended his hitting streak to 10 games… He joins Stephen Hunt, Junior Carlin and Sam Mende to hit safely in 10 or more games… Only Hunt reached 11 games… SS Sam Mende was in the lead-off spot for the first time this season.. The start for Reed was his first since April 15, 2009 against FIU… His 6.0 innings pitched is the longest since his complete game shutout of FAMU on March 18, 2009… As a team, USF swiped a season high six bases… In the first inning, Jonathan Koscso was hit by a pitch for the 50th time in his career… Stetson used seven pitchers on the evening… In ninth inning, Trey Dahl allowed his first hit of the season… In seven appearances, the opposition is hitting just .133 against Dahl.