Bulls Take Game Two From Ospreys, 11-6
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TAMPA. – The University of South Florida baseball team responded in the second game of the double header against North Florida on Tuesday by beating the Ospreys 11-6.
The game was called after seven innings, and gave the Bulls their 32nd victory of the season.
"We did a good job coming out. We bounced back in the second game, and got out of here with a win. Now we have to go to Louisville and take care of business," said head coach Lelo Prado.
USF starter Teddy Kaufman earned his third victory of the season, after picking up the loss in the first game of the double header. Game one began on May 6, but was postponed due to weather in Jacksonville, and was finished on Tuesday afternoon.
Kaufman pitched 5.0 innings in game two, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out eight Ospreys. The eight strikeouts along with four in the first game gave Kaufman 12 for the two-game set.
"He struggled a little bit, but he kept us in the game. That is what Teddy does. He gave us a chance to win, and we have to get some other guys to step up," said Prado.
Zach Pietrzyk relieved Kaufman and allowed three runs on three hits while walking a trio of Ospreys. Stephen Hunt came on for the final 1.1 innings and allowed no runs on a pair of hits while striking out three.
UNF starter Paul Morales was attacked early by the USF bats, as he failed to record an out and allowed six runs on three hits. Marales hit three USF batters, part of a night in which eight Bulls were hit by a pitch.
UNF used six pitchers in relief of Morales and they combined to allow five runs from 11 hits.
The USF offense came alive in the second game combining for 11 runs and 14 hits. Ryan Lockwood, Todd Brazeal and Sam Mende each accounted for three hits, with Mende driving in four runs and missing the cycle by a home run.
The Bulls exploded for six runs on four hits in the first inning with three runs scoring on Mende’s bases clearing double down the right field line.
North Florida responded with a solo home run from Justin Preckajlo in the top of the second inning, but Kaufman was able to limit the damage to just one run.
Preston Hale doubled home two runs for the Ospreys as part of a third inning in which UNF recorded three hits and sent six batters to the plate.
The Bulls added two more insurance runs in the third as Mende tripled home Mike Consolmagno and and Jonathan Koscso singled in Peter Brotons to give USF the 8-3 lead.
USF added another in the fifth as Junior Carlin doubled and scored on a Brazeal single.
After Pietrzyk walked the bases loaded in the sixth, Preston Hale cleared the bases with a double to right center to cut the lead to 9-6.
Singles by Consolmagno, Mende and Lockwood brought home another pair of runs to give the Bulls the 11-6 lead.
The game was called in the top of seventh, due to time constraints for both teams, after North Florida failed to score.
The Bulls will look to win the BIG EAST regular season championship as they wrap up conference play Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Louisville. USF can clinch the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament by winning one of their three games against the Cardinals this weekend.