A crowd of 2,517 flocked to Red McEwen Field to take in the action, the largest home crowd in USF’s history, breaking the previous high of 2,426 which was also set against the Gators on March 27, 2007.
The crowd was taken out of the game early, as the Gators jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the first and cruised to the win despite a flurry of runs for the Bulls in the bottom of the seventh.
Bulls’ sophomore Kyle Parker made his second start of the season, but did not record an out against the Gators. He allowed four runs on two hits while walking a pair.
The Bulls got another great night from sophomore Todd Brazeal, who collected three hits for the second straight game while driving in three on the evening
Luis Lllerena got the start at second for the Bulls and contributed with an RBI bunt single and an RBI walk, as well as a run scored.
Kyle Eastham came on to relieve Parker in the first, and eventually got USF out of the disastrous first but not before the Gators scattered five hits and seven runs.
The Bulls responded in the second.
USF got a leadoff single from Daniel Rockhold, that was followed by a bunt single from Junior Carlin. Rockhold came around to score on a double down the left field line by Brazeal. Carlin scored on a sacrifice bunt by Luis Llerena to cut the Gator lead to 7-2 through two.
The Gators answered immediately.
On the first pitch of the third inning, Mike Zuzino hit a towering home run to left to extend the Gators’ lead back to six, 8-2. A triple off of the right field wall by Preston Tucker and a wild pitch gave the Gators the 9-2 lead through three.
The Gators tacked on another insurance run in the top of the fifth to make it 11-2.
The Bulls were able to rally the offense as Brazeal collected his third hit of the game, a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to cut the UF lead to 11-4.
Another home run and some station-to-station baseball allowed the Gators to stretch their lead to 13-4, the largest of the game to that point.
The Bulls made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh by scoring four runs on three wild pitches to cut the UF lead to 13-8, but could not shut down the Florida bats.
After USF was able to cut the lead by scoring four in the seventh, the Gators responded by scoring five in the top of the eighth to extend the lead to 18-8.
The Bulls will remain at home and continue BIG EAST play as they host Villanova for the weekend set at Red McEwen.
A crowd of 2,517 flocked to Red McEwen Field to take in the action, the largest home crowd in USF’s history, breaking the previous high of 2,426 which was also set against the Gators on March 27, 2007... The crowd was taken out of it early, as the Gators jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Bulls even got to the plate in the first ... With his second inning single, Daniel Rockhold extended his hit streak to 11 games ... The 11-game hit streak ties Stephen Hunt's streak from earlier this season for the longest by a Bull in 2010.