Bulls Derail Late Boilermaker Rally, USF Wins 7-5
Clearwater, Fla. - The University of South Florida baseball team recorded its first win of the season, a 7-5 victory over Purdue, behind stellar performances from sophomore pitcher Derrick Stultz and senior outfielder Mike Consolmagno.
Stultz pitched six full innings, recording six strikeouts, five hits, two walks and one earned run. Stultz provided a very economical six innings while throwing only 83 pitches.
"Derrick did a great job," said pitching coach Lazer Collazo. "He shut them down; he was going right after them. When Derrick's slider works, nobody is going to beat him and today it was working."
Consolmagno reached third with a leadoff triple in the bottom of the eighth and finished his night with three hits in five at bats and two runs scored.
For the second-consecutive night, the Bulls took the early lead, but late in the game saw the lead dwindle. Purdue tied the game at two in the bottom of the fifth, but USF scored five runs over the next four innings to get the first win of the year.
"It was really good to see the guys pulling for each other late in the game," said head coach Lelo Prado. "That's what we have to do to be a great team. I'm excited that this team kept fighting. We bounced back the right way."
Stultz started the game with a pair of strikeouts in the first inning, then the Bulls offense carried that momentum into the bottom half of the inning.
The Bulls struck early with a bunt single to the pitcher by Consolmagno. Then third baseman Jonathan Koscso hit a single that advanced Consolmagno to scoring position. The Bulls then pulled off a double steal to get both runners in scoring position for senior Chris Rey. Rey was plunked by a pitch, loading the bases for sophomore designated hitter Stephen Hunt. Hunt recorded a two RBI double to give the Bulls an early 2-0 lead.
The Bulls would not score again until the fifth inning, when the bats came alive for two more runs. Those runs were collected off of a bases-loaded single by Brazeal.
The final two innings the Bulls collected two more insurance runs from four hits and a trio of walks.
A relief appearance by sophomore Kevin Quackenbush gave the Bulls a big defensive stop in the eighth.
Quackenbush came into the game in the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and induced a groundball to Brotons, who turned the 4-6-3 double play. The Bulls traded a run for the two outs, and two batters later, Quackenbush recorded a strikeout to hold Purdue to only one run in the inning.
"Quackenbush did an outstanding job. He worked so hard this summer. He has worked mentally and physically. He did an outstanding job," said Collazo.
With the win, Stultz (1-0) collects his first win of 2009 and the fifth of his career. Stultz also was one strikeout behind his career-high of eight. Jansen (0-1) is tabbed with his first loss of the season. Jansen threw 104 pitches while allowing four earned runs off of eight hits in 4.2 innings. Jansen also struck out nine and walked one.
Sophomore centerfielder Ryan Lockwood continued his hitting streak in the fifth inning, pulling a single to the right side, increasing his mark to 32 consecutive games. The streak dates back to the March 19 game against the Oklahoma Sooners last season.
Sophomore outfielder Junior Carlin recorded his first at bat, hit and RBI of the season in the eighth inning.
Freshman shortstop Sam Mende tagged two singles in the game, his first multi-hit night of his collegiate career, and collected his first RBI.
Five Bulls recorded multi-hit nights and Hunt and Brazeal each recorded two RBI apiece.
The Bulls (1-1), who recorded 14 hits, tied the all-time series at two apiece against the Boilermakers (1-2, 0-1) with the win.
The Bulls will wrap up the inaugural BIG EAST/ Big Ten Challenge on Sunday at the Naimoli Complex in St. Petersburg, Fla. There they will face off against the Hoosiers from Indiana (1-1), with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.