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TAMPA, MARCH 14, 2014 – Casey Mulholland pitched USF to a 5-1 victory over Rhode Island in the first of a three game set Friday night at USF Baseball Stadium.
“Casey Mulholland has been good his last three outings,” said head coach Lelo Prado. “We hope he continues these efforts into our first weekend of conference play next weekend.”
Mulholland (2-0), who was named The American Pitcher of the Week on Monday, fired the first complete game for the Bulls this season allowing just one run on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. He allowed more than one base runner in an inning just twice tossing 101 pitches in the game.
“I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff but I went out and competed,” said Mulholland. “At the end of the day, I made pitches I needed to make in crucial situations and got outs.”
After allowing the lone run in the second, Mulholland retired the next 11 batters and faced just three batters over the minimum in the final seven innings.
The Bradenton native got all the run support he would need in the first two innings as the Bulls put five runs on the board. In the first, Buddy Putnam (Bartow) and Levi Borders (Winter Haven) both delivered two-out RBI singles. An inning later, the duo each added another RBI to their total, Putnam with a single to right field and Borders with a sacrifice fly. Luke Maglich (Sarasota) pushed across the first run of the frame with a bases loaded fielder’s choice where the catcher never stepped on home plate.
USF had opportunities to add to their lead but stranded two runners in the third and fifth inning and left 11 on base for the game.
“We came out with a lot better intensity today which I was happy to see,” said Prado. “We still need to get better offensively, and we will, but the first couple of innings were good to see after the struggles we have had of late.”
Offensively, Kyle Teaf (Tallahassee), Luke Borders (Winter Haven) and Putnam all had two hits on the night. Teaf also added a pair of walks and scored twice while Putnam drove in two upping his season total to 16, the second best mark in the conference. He also extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Nick Narodowy suffered the loss for Rhode Island going 4.2 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits, three walks and three hit batters. Tyler Bowditch threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Tim Caputo had the lone multi-hit performance for the Rams going 2-for-4.
The two sides will play game two of the three game series tomorrow evening at USF Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. You can purchase tickets for the final two games HERE.