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Bulls Clinch Series with Walk-Off
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pitt 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 6 6 0
USF 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 3 7 9 1

 


By KY-SHON HEPBURN

Special to GoUSFBulls.com

TAMPA – USF (17-14, 6-2) rallied in the ninth inning scoring three runs to beat No. 26 Pittsburgh, 7-6, in a walkoff win Saturday night before a crowd of 1,351 at USF Baseball Stadium.

“We’re playing a great baseball team, but I’m proud of our guys,” said head coach Lelo Prado.

Nik Alfonso led of the ninth with a walk, Kyle Teaf singled and Alex Mendez advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt.  The Panthers intentionally walked James Ramsay, Jimmy Falla walked with the bases loaded and Teaf scored on a wild pitch.  Buddy Putnam was intentionally walked and Ramsay scored the winning run when a pitch hit Zac Gilcrease with the bases loaded.

“I just like the fight that they are showing,” said Prado.

Starting pitcher Nick Gonzalez gave up six runs on six hits and two walks in 6.2 innings of work.  The left-hander tied his career-high striking out 10 batters.

Jordan Strittmatter, Janick Serrallonga and Adrian Puig combined to pitch 2.1 innings in relief.  They gave up two walks, no runs and no hits.

“The bullpen did a great job and they came through today,” Prado said.

Pittsburgh took an early lead scoring runs in the third and fifth inning.  Stephen Vranka hit a two-run homerun to left field and Dyla Wolsonovich doubled to left center then scored on a throwing error to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead.

The Bulls answered with a two run fifth inning.

Anthony Diaz led things off with a walk, Alfonso followed with a walk and both runners moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Teaf.  Diaz scored on a groundout and Ramsay hit a two-out RBI-single to left field that plated Alfonso.

Teaf singled to extend his streak to 25 consecutive games reaching base.  The sophomore went 2-for-4 with one run and is batting .325.

The Panthers tacked on three more runs in the seventh on three hits to stretch their lead to 6-2.

The Bulls rallied in the seventh scoring two runs on doubles by Ramsay and Mendez to cut the lead to 6-4.

USF has a chance to sweep Pittsburgh 11 a.m. Sunday in the series finale at USF Baseball Stadium.

“I hope we come ready to go tomorrow and finish the job,” Prado said.

 

Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO
W- A. Puig (1-0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 0
L - A. Caravella (1-1) 0.1 0 1 1 1 0
S - None 0 0 0 0 0 0
USF AB H R RBI BB SO
J. Ramsay 4 3 2 2 1 0
K. Teaf 4 2 1 0 0 0
Pitt AB H R RBI BB SO
S. Vranka 5 2 2 4 0 0



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