By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA -The Bulls cleaned up in the finale of a three-game weekend homestand on Sunday.
USF defeated Savannah State, 5-3, before a crowd of 768 at USF Baseball Stadium after taking two by lopsided scores on Saturday.
"Anytime you sweep anybody, I don't care who it is, it's good," said head coach Lelo Prado.
Chad Taylor walked to give the Bulls their first base runner in the bottom of the first inning. James Ramsay hit a single that advanced Taylor to third base, and Daniel Rockhold followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to score Taylor and give the Bulls an early 1-0 lead.
The Bulls added another run in the third inning,
Taylor walked, Ramsay singled on a bunt, and both runners moved into scoring position on an error by the pitcher. Rockhold batted in another run on his second RBI sac fly to extend the Bulls' lead..
Kyle Teaf was hit by a pitch, Luis Llerena singled to right field, and Alex Mendez hit a sac-bunt to pick up an RBI and make the score 3-0 in the fourth inning.
Ramsay led off the fifth inning with a walk and picked up his first stolen base of the season. Rockhold followed with an RBI double, Putnam singled and Andrew Longley hit an RBI single to continue the hot hitting for the Bulls and increase their lead to 5-0.
Savannah State picked up some runs in the top of the seventh inning. Julius Green was hit by a pitch, Todd Hagen hit a single, and both runners were able to score on an error. Joseph McCrary reached on a fielder's choice and Jason Wynn came in to pinch run for McCrary and scored on an error to cut the Bulls lead 5-3.
USF starter Andrew Barbosa pitched six innings, allowing one hit, three runs, no walks and six strikeouts. Barbosa (1-1) retired 15 batters he faced after allowing a leadoff single.
"I'm happy for him. He pitched five quality innings and that's what we expect out of him," said Prado.
The Tigers threatened late but Austin Adams closed the door, pitching two innings with one hit and no runs.
"We have a lot of home games coming up, so we have to take advantage of that," said Prado. "I like our attitude, I like the way we're playing and hopefully we'll keep it rolling,"
The Bulls hope to continue their winning streak against Jacksonville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at USF Baseball Stadium.