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TAMPA – The University of South Florida baseball team defeated Florida Atlantic 2-1 on Wednesday night at Red McEwen Field thanks to a great pitching performance by the USF staff.

"Our pitchers did a good job today," said head coach Lelo Prado. "We have to have that every week." 

USF Closer Kevin Quackenbush came into the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning, with the Bulls leading 2-0. After FAU's Jeremy Griffiths fouled off two straight full count pitches, Quackenbush reached back and struck out Griffiths looking with a fastball down the middle to get out of the jam.

Quackenbush allowed one run in the ninth, but struck out the side to earn his fourth save of the season and helped the Bulls improve to 16-10 on the season.

"Quackenbush did a great job for us," said Prado. "Lazer and I have a lot of confidence to come in and close games."

The Bulls also got an outstanding outing from junior pitcher Shawn Sanford, who made this third start of the season. Sanford went seven innings allowing no runs on just four hits while striking out seven batters.

Sanford was one shy of his season high eight strikeouts, which he recorded against Indiana on Feb. 22 in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.

The win was Sanford's first victory of the season. The start was the longest outing of the season for Sanford, as he has been primarily coming out of the bullpen as a closer. He has made a team-high nine appearances this year.

"Shawn has all the tools to be a great pitcher," said Prado. "He did it as a freshman, and he had a rough year last year. He is pitching really well and did a great job today."

USF pitching staff combined for 12 strikeouts on the night including seven from Sanford, four from Quackenbush and one more from Joe Cole. The 12 strikeouts ties a season high as a team, matching the dozen against Indiana on Feb. 22.

FAU starting pitcher Brent Adheen pitched five innings, his longest outing of the season, and allowed two runs on seven hits and he struck out none. He was tagged with his second loss of the year.

Ryan Lockwood reached base four times against the Owls on two hits and two hit by pitches. The performance extended his streak of reaching base safely to 69 games. Lockwood has reached base safely in all but two games during his USF career.

Two other Bulls picked up two hits in the game as Todd Brazeal and Chris Rey each collected two singles apiece, each going 2-for-4 from the plate.

The Bulls got on the board first after singles by Brazeal and Rey put two runners on with no outs in the second. Sam Mende laid down a bunt to move the runners over, and Brazeal scored on a ground ball to short by Daniel Rockhold.

The Bulls loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth when Mike Consolmagno walked, Peter Brotons singled and Ryan Lockwood got hit by a pitch. Consolmagno scored the second run of the game for USF on a double-play ball off the bat of Jonathan Koscso.

Joe Cole came in to replace Sanford in the eighth and loaded the bases on two singles and a hit by pitch. Quackenbush came in to relieve Cole, and shut down the Owls with four strike outs to seal the win for the Bulls.

USF, 16-10, hosts Pittsburgh in BIG EAST action this weekend. The Bulls and Panthers face off at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then at 1 p.m. Sunday. Fans can watch the games live on BullsVision as well as the in-game chat.


Game Notes:

Shawn Sanford recorded seven strikeouts against FAU. That total is his second highest of the season. His most strikeouts this season came Feb. 22 against Indiana with eight.

Ryan Lockwood extended his streak of reaching base safely to 69 games against FAU by being hit by two pitches and picking up two hits. Lockwood has reached base safely in all but two games during his USF career.

USF pitching staff combined for 12 strikeouts on the night. The 12 strikeouts ties a season high as a team matching the 12 against Indiana on Feb. 22.