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USF at Georgetown:
Game One: USF 11, GU 3

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The USF baseball team secured its 20th victory of the 2009 season, scoring 11 runs on 11 hits to defeat Georgetown, 11-3, in the first of a three-game series on Thursday afternoon. The Bulls improved to 20-11 overall and 8-2 in BIG EAST play with the win while the Hoyas moved to 10-20 with a 3-7 conference mark.

Right-hander Randy Fontanez earned the win for USF – his third of the season – giving up 11 hits and three earned runs while striking out five and walking two in 8.0 innings of work.

Sophomore Stephen Hunt, senior Chris Rey and freshman Daniel Rockhold each posted a two-hit outing and scored at least once.

Rey's two hits came from a home run and a double, collecting two RBI, while Hunt added a double of his own, his third of the season.

In the second inning, Todd Brazeal took his first pitch across the letters on his jersey, then Chris Rey was hit in the back to put the first two runners on base in the second inning. Trey Manz, who has been hitting for power recently with three home runs in his last two games, put down a sac bunt to move both runners into scoring position. Sam Mende grounded out to second, picking up his 17th RBI of the season and USF’s first run of the game.

The Bulls added three in the third after Ryan Lockwood and Jonathan Koscso drew back-to-back walks to lead off the inning. Stephen Hunt sent an RBI double to right center field, then Brazeal drew a walk to re-load the bases. Rey reaches on a fielder’s choice, after his grounder to third was thrown home, but an error by the GU third baseman allowed Koscso to score. Mende sent a sac fly to left field to pick up USF’s third run of the game.

On the hill, Randy Fontanez struck out two and faced only 13 batters in his first four innings. He gave up his first hit in the fourth, but came back with a strikeout the next batter.

USF was held scoreless in the fourth, then added one in the fifth to take the 5-0 lead. Koscso hit a leadoff single to left field, then with two outs, scored on a double to right by Rey. Rey leads the team with 28 RBI, closely followed by Brazeal’s 26.

The Bulls added three insurance runs in the top of the sixth, pushing the score to 8-1. With one out, Rockhold recorded a base hit and Brotons drew a walk, in time for Lockwood to drive them both in with a base hit through the left side.

Georgetown scored a pair of runs in the sixth, recording three base hits and a pair of sac flies.

Rey tagged his third home run of the season in the seventh inning, sending his first pitch over the left field wall.

The Bulls capped off their offensive performance with a two-run ninth as Kosco was hit by pitch, Hunt singled and Brazeal drew a walk to load the bases. Junior Carlin entered for Rey in left field, singling to drive in Kosco and Brandon Smith – who replaced Manz at DH – drove Hunt home with a base hit to right field.

Sophomore Zach Pietrzyk relieved Fontanez in the bottom of the ninth, allowing two hits while striking out one to close out the 11-3 victory for the Bulls.

Game Notes
USF has at least one home run in their last four games. The Bulls recorded three in both the April 4 and 5 games against Pittsburgh and added one against Jacksonville and Georgetown on April 5 and April 7.