“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.