TAMPA –Alex Mendez hit a solo homerun in the 14th inning to extend the Bulls' seven-game winning streak and lift them over Alcorn State, 3-2, on Saturday night before a crowd of 1,188 at USF Baseball Stadium.
“We’ll take the win,” said head coach Lelo Prado.
Alcorn State scored two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 2. The tying run scored on a balk with two outs.
“We weren’t going to throw to second base, we practice that all the time and people try to balk,” Prado said. “We just continue to pitch and try to get the guy out.”
Joey Lovecchio allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings while giving up no walks and striking out six batters.
“Lovecchio pitched great,” said Prado. “He did a great job and I’m very proud of him.”
Reliever Janick Serrallonga picked up his first win of the season. The junior allowed one hit, no runs and no walks in two innings of work.
James Ramsay hit a two-out double followed by a two-out RBI double by Jimmy Falla to give the Bulls an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Falla went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Kyle Teaf singled down the left-field line in the fourth frame to extend his on-base streak to 29 consecutive games.
USF (21-14) added an insurance run in the in the eight when Falla scored on a sacrifice fly to put the Bulls up 2-0.
The Bulls look to sweep Alcorn State in the series finale 1 p.m. Saturday at USF Baseball Stadium.