TAMPA – In the second of three games against Marshall (3-5), the University of South Florida (5-4) baseball team pulled off another impressive win defeating the Thundering Herd, 14-5 Saturday night.
The Bulls' offense put up 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth, similar to last night’s eight-run rally in the bottom of the fourth, to put the game well in hand. USF put together a team effort to secure the 2-0 lead in the series against the Thundering Herd, as eight Bulls collected a hit and seven picked up an RBI.
"It was exciting to score that many runs," said head coach Lelo Prado. "We’re excited and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and get it done. We said we had to apply pressure to this team, and we did that and it has worked in our favor.”
Junior righty Matt Quevedo earned his second win of 2009, pitching 4.0 innings, shutting out Marshall and striking out two. He only allowed three hits and did not walk a batter.
Senior Mike Consolmagno collected three hits to lead the Bulls offensively. Senior Chris Rey and junior Peter Brotons each tagged a double and sophomore Jonathan Koscso and redshirt freshman Todd Brazeal both had a pair of hits.
The Thundering Herd came out strong, pushing ahead of the Bulls 5-1 in the top of the fourth. Marshall's offense looked to pose a threat in the fourth inning when they scored three runs on the Bulls, but USF scored two in the fourth and 11 in the fifth to seal the fifth victory of the season.
Marshall started the game by scoring one run from one hit in the first, but the Bulls answered with a run from a pair of hits to tie the game. Marshall added one in the second and three more in the fourth.
Down 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth, USF's offense heated up as Rey led off with a double. Sophomore Junior Carlin hit a grounder up the middle to the shortstop, but was safe on a bad throw. Freshman Sam Mende moved the runners over on a grounder, and senior Trey Manz singled to center scoring both Rey and Carlin.
Stull answered with a three up, three down inning to carry the Bulls into their rally inning. Stull, USF's starting pitcher, finished the night with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings, allowing five runs from seven hits while walking five.
The Bulls' marathon inning began with a lead off single by Consolmagno, who then stole second. Sophomore Ryan Lockwood walked and then advanced to second on a throwing error. Brazeal singled to center to score Lockwood, then moved to second on another Marshall throwing error. Carlin and Mende walked to load the bases for Manz, who drew another walk, scoring Brazeal. Brotons, who turned 21 years old today, doubled to bring in Carlin and Mende. Lockwood returns to the plate and reaches first on an error, which allowed Manz to cross the plate. This brings up Koscso, who singled to third base, which drove in Brotons. Brazeal singled down the left field line to score Lockwood. Rey reached on a fielder’s choice, which allowed Koscso to score. Carlin then punched a hit out to left field, driving in Brazeal. The inning concluded with 11 runs, six hits, four errors and two men left on base.
Seeing 18 batters step to the plate in the fifth inning silenced Marshall, as they were unable to put any more runs on the board.
Junior RHP Andrew Salgueiro closed the game for the Bulls, striking out one in his 1.0 inning on the mound.
USF will look to complete the sweep on Sunday against Marshall. A
“We’ve got to have the mind set of conference play, of getting the sweep," added Prado. "If we drop one tomorrow, what we did tonight and last night just isn’t good enough then.”
The first pitch is set for 11 a.m. at Red McEwen Field in Tampa.