TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2007) – Senior right hander Danny Otero pitched a complete game as the University of South Florida baseball team beat Manhattan College 3-0 Friday night at Red McEwen Field in Tampa.
Otero struck out eight of his 31 batters faced, walking two and allowing four hits in his third win (3-0) of the season.
Otero’s feat was the first nine-inning complete game since the 2003 season, when Travis Rios beat Cincinnati, 4-1, on April 20 at Red McEwen Field. In 2004 Casey Hudspeth pitched a six-inning complete game, the first of a double-header with Memphis, a 1-0 loss at Nat Buring Stadium in Tennessee.
Otero was helped offensively by junior second baseman Dexter Butler, who was 2-for-4 with one run scored, and junior first baseman Brandin Daniel, who notched two RBI off of a bases-loaded single to right field in the sixth inning.
After four scoreless innings, the Bulls tallied the first run of the game as sophomore catcher Braulio Pardo was hit by a pitch, then came around to score after junior Josh LeRoy doubled to right field.
USF added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as junior short stop Walter Diaz was hit by a pitch, then Butler doubled down the left field line. After sophomore Addison Maruszak was intentionally walked to load the bases, Daniel ripped a shot to right field, scoring Diaz and Butler for the game’s final runs.
The Bulls improve to 7-1 overall while the Manhattan Jaspers drop to 0-1 this season.
The Bulls and Jaspers continue the three-game series Saturday evening at 6 p.m., then battle for the final time on Sunday at noon.