Falla's Big Day Leads to 9-4 Win Over Jacksonville
April 06, 2011
Entering the game as one of the Bulls hottest hitter but without a home run on the year, Falla blasted a pair of home runs, the first a solo shot to lead off the third inning and the second a three-run bomb in the sixth, en route to tying a career and season high four runs driven in.
Over his last 13 games, Falla is hitting .419 (18 for 42) with 10 runs driven in, raising his average to .282 on the season
The Bulls, who scored twice of in each of the first three innings, led from the outset as junior Sam Mende got the Bulls started with his third homer of the season, a two run homer to left center.
USF would build their lead to 6-1 after 2.5 innings but Jacksonville used the long ball to climb back into the game, cutting the Bulls' lead to 6-4 on a three-run home run by Kevin Lehane. Lehane drove in all four Dolphin runs on the day.
The homer by Lehane, coupled with shaky control, chased USF starter Nick Gonzalez after just 2.2 innings but the USF bullpen would answer the challenge.
Four USF relievers combined to allow just two hits over 6.1 innings of scoreless relief, led by senior Zack Pietrzyk. Pietrzyk, who relieved Gonzalez in the third with two men on, picked up the win by striking out three over 3.1 innings of work to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Jacksonville's Brian Gilroy (0-1) took the loss after giving up four runs over 1.2 innings in the start.
Every USF starter in the line-up had at-least one hit on the day as the Bulls tied a season-high with 13 hits, outhitting the Dolphins, 13-7, with Jonathan Koscso leading the way with three knocks while Mende collected a pair and driving in three. Koscso also drove in two runs while scoring a run as well.
Senior closer Kevin Quackenbush worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts in a non-save opportunity, bouncing back from his first blown save this past weekend.
USF will return to Tampa to prepare for a visit from Rutgers for a crucial BIG EAST three game set beginning on Friday night. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.
USF evened the all-time series with Jacksonville at 51 apiece... USF has had double-digit hits in five of his last seven games and are averaging 6.2 runs per game over the same span... The two teams combined to use 12 pitchers, five from USF and seven from Jacksonville... The 2.2 inning start by Nick Gonzalez is the shortest of his career... With a first inning single, Junior Carlin extended his hit streak to eight games tying the longest by a Bull this season... James Ramsay extended his hit streak to five games... The two homer game for Falla is the first of his career and second by a Bull this season... The three homers hit by USF are the most in a game this season... The homers for Falla are the third and fourth of his career... It was the 14th career round tripper for Mende... Four RBI by Falla ties a season-high and career high previous set earlier this season at UCF on March 15...