Bulls Stay Alive In Tourney By Beating WVU, 11-6

May 22, 2009

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2009 BIG EAST Baseball Championship Schedule:

Tuesday, May 19
(Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com, live audio on Sirius XM Radio)
Game 1 – No. 5 Notre Dame 14, No. 4 St. John’s 5
Game 2 – No. 1 Louisville 12, No. 8 Cinicnnati 2 (7)
Game 3 – No. 6 Connecticut 6, No. 3 West Virginia 1

Wednesday, May 20
(Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com, live audio on Sirius XM Radio)
Game 4 – No. 2 USF 12, No. 7 Pittsburgh 2 (8)
Game 5 – No. 4 St. John’s 12, No. 8 Cinicnnati 2

Thursday, May 21
(Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com, live audio on Sirius XM Radio)
Game 6 – No. 1 Louisville 12, No. 5 Notre Dame 2 
Game 7 – No. 3 West Virginia 20, No. 7 Pittsburgh 8
Friday, May 22
(Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com, live audio on Sirius XM Radio)
Game 8 – No. 6 Connecticut 4, No. 2 USF 2
Game 9 - No. 5 Notre Dame 11, No. 4 St. John's 10
Game 10 - No. 2 USF 11, No. 3 West Virginia 6

Saturday, May 23
(live audio on Sirius XM Radio)
Game 11 - No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 5 Notre Dame, 9 a.m.
Game 12 - No. 6 Connecticut vs. No. 2 USF, 1 p.m. (Live: ESPNU)
Game 13 - Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser*, 4 p.m.
Game 14 - Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser*, 7 p.m.
Game 15 - Semifinal winners TBA
*if necessary

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of South Florida won a back-and-forth game against West Virginia 11-6 to stay alive in the BIG EAST Tournament on Friday night.

The Bulls and Mountaineers had five lead changes in their Friday night matchup, with the Bulls finally gaining the lead for good after collecting six runs in the seventh inning.

Brandon Smith pinch hit in the seventh and ripped a double down the third base line in the seventh to score two and give the Bulls some insurance runs and a 10-5 lead. Peter Brotons also added a two RBI double in the seventh, one of his two hits on the night.

Kevin Quackenbush earned the victory after pitching four innings allowing just a single earned run on six hits while striking out five in relief of starter Derrick Stultz.

“I can’t say enough about the job Quackenbush did,” said head coach Lelo Prado. “When you keep that team down like that, that’s pretty good because they can hit the ball. They are even scary in the ninth inning up by six. We’re alive, we’re on life support. We live for another day. “

Stultz pitched the first five innings and allowed five earned runs on three hits while striking out a pair.

Freshman Todd Brazeal tagged his fifth home run of the year, a three run shot, to give the Bulls the 4-3 lead in the fifth. Jonathan Koscso led the Bulls with four hits and scored three of the 11 USF runs.

The Bulls’ 15 hits in the contest ties the team record for most hits by USF in a BIG EAST Tournament game. The other time was May 20, 2008 when USF beat Notre Dame 9-3 in Clearwater, Fla.

The rain held off during the nightcap to create a intense loud environment in which USF and WVU fans jawed back and forth.  

West Virginia struck first by scoring one run with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Wallace Watch finalist Jedd Gyorko drew a walk, then Vince Belnome was hit by a pitch in time for Dan DiBartolomeo to send a base hit up the middle, driving in the first run.

Junior Carlin drew a bases loaded walk in the second to plate Ryan Lockwood, who reached on a one-out double earlier in the inning. Mike Consolmagno and Peter Brotons both drew walks in the inning.

The Mountaineers regained the lead in the third with a leadoff home run from Austin Markel, then a sac fly by Grant Buckner allowed Gyorko, who had drawn a walk, to score.

After a scoreless fourth, Todd Brazeal ripped a three-run homer into the bullpen in the top of the fifth to give USF the 4-3 lead. After Brazeal's homer, Chris Rey was hit by a pitch and tempers flared, so much that the umpires had to warn both dugouts.

West Virginia again answered the call, plating two more in the bottom of the sixth frame as DiBartolomeo tagged a two-run homer.

USF put the game in the books with a five-hit, six-run seventh inning, pushing the score to 10-5.

In the seventh, Sam Mende sent a leadoff single through the left side, then Andrew Longley put down a bunt that rode the first baseline and stayed in fair territory for a base hit. Cosolmagno reached on an error by the WVU shortstop in time for a two-RBI double down the right line by Brotons. Carlin also reached on an error by the shortstop, then Koscso tagged a base hit and Brandon Smith doubled down the left line, driving in a pair of Bulls.

The Mountaineers added one in the eighth, but with a pair of WVU baserunners looking to score, Mende made a diving stop at shortstop to record the final out of the inning.

“The play Mende made there to shut that inning down, that’s a big league play,” Prado said with a smile.

The Bulls picked up an insurance run in the ninth when Koscso scored on Mende’s third hit of the night and his seventh of the tournament.

Quackenbush completed a perfect ninth inning to keep the Bulls alive in the BIG EAST Tournament.

USF will play UConn at 1 p.m. on Saturday on ESPNU, following the Louisville / Notre Dame game at 9 a.m.

Stay tuned to GoUSFBulls.com for updates from the BIG EAST Tournament at Brighthouse Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla. 


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