By BRITTANY WEINER
Special to GoUSFBulls.com
TAMPA - The Bulls offense secures a series win over Lafayette Saturday night at the USF Baseball Stadium.
USF (14-6, 0-0) got the 9-3 victory in front of a crowd of 1, 036 in Tampa.
Freshman Buddy Putnam scored off of a single by second-baseman Luis Llerena to get the bulls going offensively in the bottom of the second inning.
With bases loaded, left-fielder Alex Mendez hit a triple to right field. He then scored off of a sac fly by Chad Taylor.
In the top of the fifth inning, Lafayette made it interesting by adding three runs off of five hits.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Bulls were able to add another two runs with Taylor scoring on a wild pitch and Ramsay scoring off of an infield single by Putnam.
The Bulls were again able to add two runs in the sixth inning with Kyle Teaf scoring on a balk by the pitcher and Llerena scoring after Todd Brazeal walked with bases load.
Starting pitcher Joey Lovecchio had another solid outing for USF, pitching six innings, allowing three runs to score off of six hits, with five strikeouts.
Lovecchio is now the first pitcher for USF to reach four wins on the season.
Relievers Adrian Puig and Devin Smith were able to come in for the seventh and eighth innings respectively, with neither of them allowing a run.
Right-hander Austin Adams came in for the ninth inning, allowing zero runs with one strikeout.
This was Adams' eighth appearance of the season and he has yet to allow a single run.
Head coach Lelo Prado was happy about the win but knows his team will need to keep working hard if they want to do well in the Big East.
"We've got to get some guys going that still haven't got going. So we're back to work tomorrow," Prado said.
The Bulls will finish off their three-game series against Lafayette Sunday at 1 p.m. at the USF Baseball Stadium.