Bulls Collect 17 Hits To Take Rubber Match Over Pirates
May 02, 2010
With the win, USF remains tied for fourth place in the BIG EAST standings with St. John's, who the Bulls will take on next weekend for another important three-game set in Queens, N.Y. USF remains 2.5 games behind UConn in the BIG EAST standings, who had their series finale against Pittsburgh cancelled due to inclement weather.
Locked in another low scoring affair the Bulls led 2-1 through five and a half innings but the USF bats came alive and picked up two runs in the sixth and another pair in the seventh to propel them to the win.
Seton Hall answered with three in the eighth and two in the ninth, but it was not enough, as the Bulls added five in the eighth, and freshman Rey Delphey returned from injury to close out the ninth to preserve the 11-6 win for the Bulls.
RHP Jimmy Moran got the best of the Seton Hall line-up as he earned his first win of the season after going 6.0 stellar innings while allowing just one run on seven hits, walking three and striking out five in just his second start of the season.
Jon Prosinski got the start for the Pirates and pitched 5.2 innings allowing four runs, two earned, on nine hits while striking out three and walking two.
The Bulls got a big offensive day out of Stephen Hunt who collected his team-leading 19th multi-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 from the plate with a run scored and an RBI.
USF got a hit out of everyone in the starting lineup, as they combined to score 11 runs on 17 hits on the day, and it started early.
The Bulls' small ball worked perfectly again to start the first on Sunday.
Luis Llerena led the game off with a single through the right side, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Lockwood. Stephen Hunt then singled past Seton Hall first baseman Chris Spagnulol to score Llerena from second giving USF the early 1-0 lead.
After a lack of offense from both teams, USF was able to extend their lead in the bottom of the fourth.
With one out, the Bulls got back-to-back singles by Jonathan Koscso and Sam Mende, followed by Chad Taylor getting hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Eric Sim then came to the dish, and elevated a pitch to left, deep enough for Koscso to tag from third and score, extending the Bulls' lead to 2-0 through four.
Seton Hall was fortunate in the top of the sixth, as they got a runner to third, and scored with two outs in the inning on a passed ball to plate Frank Esposito and cut USF's lead to 2-1.
The Bulls did not wasted much time to answer.
With two outs in the bottom half of the sixth, the Bulls got a walk from Taylor setting up Sim. Sim hit a routine grounder to second, but Chris Fontenelli couldn't handle it allowing Sim to reach, and Taylor to advance to third. Llerena came up and singled in Taylor to make it 3-1 Bulls. Lockwood then ripped a double to left-center to score Sim, but Llerena was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first to end the inning and the rally.
Hunt led off the seventh by laying down a bunt and beating the throw to first for the bunt single. Brazeal then singled to right, and both runners moved into scoring position on a sac bunt by Carlin. After an intentional walk to Koscso, Mende came to the plate and singled up the middle to score a pair and break the game open, 6-1.
Seton Hall would not go quietly, as they tacked on three runs on relievers Trey Dahl and Joe Cole in the top of the eighth to cut it to 6-4, but USF exploded for five more in the bottom of the eighth to make it 11-4 through eight.
Rey Delphey came on to pitch the ninth after being out with an arm injury and allowed a pair of runs before he closed out the game to give the Bulls the 11-6 win, and the series win.
This weekend's series will mark the second to last home series of the season. The Bulls host first place Connecticut in two weeks following their trip to Queens, N.Y. to take on St. John's on May 7-9. The UConn series will mark the final games at Red McEwen Field as construction is scheduled to begin immediately following the finish of the 2010 season.
USF is 17-6 when they score first... Jimmy Moran allowed one run on seven hits in his second start of the year to earn his first win of the season... The outing was the longest of Moran's USF career... Rey Delphey returned from injury to pitch the ninth where he allowed two runs and struck out one... Stephen Hunt recorded his team leading 19th multi-hit game as he finished the day 2-3 from the plate... USF recorded 11 runs on 17 hits in Sunday's win over Seton Hall, and every starter recorded at least one hit in the game... Chad Taylor has hit safely in a career six straight games and as well as his last seven BIG EAST games... Taylor leads the team in BIG EAST play hitting at a .412 clip.