TAMPA –USF sweeps Cincinnati in its first conference series on Sunday.
“It was a great team performance and everybody did their job,” said head coach Lelo Prado.
Starting pitcher Joey Lovecchio gave up four runs on five hits in five innings of work to help lift the Bulls over Cincinnati, 8-5, before a crowd of 1,087 at USF Baseball Stadium. Lovecchio (3-1) walked two batters and struck out five.
Right-hander Chad Taylor finished the game earning his fourth save of the season.
“We played good all weekend, we got good pitching and clutch hitting and we played together as a team,” said Prado.
USF took an early 4-2 lead in the fourth inning scoring three runs on two hits and one error. Levi Borders singled, Anthony Diaz walked, Nik Alfonso singled to score Diaz and Teaf hit a sacrifice fly to left field that plated Alfonso.
James Ramsay lead off the fifth with a triple followed by an RBI single by Jimmy Falla to give the Bulls a 5-4 lead after the Bearcats scored two runs in the fifth to tie the game.
Ramsay went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs. The outfielder is batting .317 for the season.
“We’ve had some good at bats from a lot of guys on this team,” said Prado.
The Bulls tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put the game away.
USF (13-11) returns to action against FGCU in a one game home series 7 p.m. Tuesday at USF Baseball Stadium before hitting the road to face Georgetown in a three game series. The first game against the Hoyas is set for Thursday at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
“We have to get ready for the weekend,” said Prado. “We have to be ready.”