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USF vs. Pitt
Game One: W, 8-1
Game Two: w, 13-5

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Sunday, April 5 | vs. Pittsburgh | 1 p.m.


TAMPA – The University of South Florida baseball team defeated Pittsburgh for the second consecutive night behind a pair of home runs from redshirt freshman Todd Brazeal.

Brazeal went 3-for-3 at the plate and collected five RBI, including a pair of home runs on the night. The slugger also walked twice and scored four runs in the game. The two home runs was the first time a Bull hit a pair of home runs in a game this season, and the first since Addison Maruszak went yard twice against Villanova on April 26, 2008.

“We told Brazeal in batting practice that we are tired of seeing get just base hits, it is time for some home runs,” said Coach Lelo Prado.“He had a great night, and he has been having a great year for us. Tonight, he hit it for power.”

The win improved the Bulls to 18-10 on the season and 6-2 in the BIG EAST.

“We are getting key base hits,” added Prado. “The guys are starting to swing the bats. It is a great sign to get games one and two, but we have to get the sweep tomorrow.”

Every player in the starting lineup for the Bulls reached base in the game as the USF offense accounted for 15 hits on the night. Senior Trey Manz collected four of the 15 USF hits, including a pair of doubles. The four hits is a career high for hits in a game for Manz. His previous high was two hits, which he has accomplished multiple times.

“Manz did a good job. I think one good thing is by letting all three guys catch, when their number is called they better be ready to go,” said Prado. “Manz did a super job today."

USF got 6.2 productive innings out of starting pitcher Matt Quevedo as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits while striking out one. He improved to 5-0 on the season.

“Quevedo started out a little slow, and just the pace of the game was slow,” said Prado. “That is not the way that he usually pitches. He settled down and did a great job the rest of the way.”

The Bulls knocked out Panther starting pitcher Corey Baker after just 3.2 innings, after he allowed nine earned runs on 11 hits while walking two and striking out two. 

Pittsburgh got off to an early lead in the top of the first inning on three hits, but Quevedo got out of the inning as the Panthers left two men on base.

The Bulls responded in the bottom of the second, and got things started with a solo home run from Brazeal, his first of the night. Three pitches later, senior Chris Rey ripped a home run to left field in the same spot as Brazeal’s for back-to-back USF home runs.

Pitt added another run in the top of the third inning, but that would be the last time they would lead as the Bulls went on to score 10 unanswered runs over the next four innings.

Jonathan Koscso led the bottom of the third inning with a double and scored on a single by Brazeal. Brazeal would come around to score on a single by freshman Sam Mende to give the Bulls the 4-3 lead.

USF broke it open in the bottom of the fourth with five runs on four hits. Manz doubled to begin the inning. After a base hit by Peter Brotons, a two-RBI single by Stephen Hunt and a walk to Ryan Lockwood, up came Brazeal. He ripped his second home run of the game to left field, scoring three and giving USF the 9-3 margin.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Manz led off with his second double of the game and eventually scored on a sacrifice bunt by Lockwood.

The Bulls were not satisfied, as they added another pair of runs in the sixth after Hunt was hit by a pitch and Brazeal was intentionally walked. Hunt came in to score on a single by Rey, and Brazeal scored his fourth run of the game on a sac fly by Mende.

Pitt loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, and picked up a run when Quevedo hit Hood with a pitch to bring home a run. RHP Joe Cole then came in to relieve Quevedo with two outs in the inning and Cole plunked Litzinger to score the fifth run of the game for the Panthers. Cole was able to escape the inning without any further damage by forcing a ground out.

The Bulls added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh to take a 13-5 lead.

Junior Peter Brotons reached on an error, moved around on a single up the middle by Koscso and scored on a wild pitch. 

Andrew Salguiero came in to close the game in the ninth, collecting a pair of strikeouts in his appearance.

USF will play for their second BIG EAST series sweep of the season when the Bulls wrap up the three-game series with Pittsburgh tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Game Notes
Brazeal went 3-for-3 at the plate and collected five RBI, including a pair of home runs on the night. The slugger also walked twice and scored four runs in the game. The two home runs was the first time a Bull hit a pair of home runs in a game this season, and the first since Addison Maruszak went yard twice against Villanova on April 26, 2008.

Junior RHP Matt Quevedo is 5-0 this season after picking up the 6.2-inning victory against Pittsburgh on April 4.