TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2007) – Junior right handed pitcher Daniel Thomas threw eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched as the University of South Florida baseball team beat Manhattan College 5-0 Saturday night at Red McEwen Field.
Senior left fielder Ty Taborelli was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and one run scored while sophomore third baseman Addison Maruszak’s 3-for-3 plate appearance resulted in one RBI for the 8-1Bulls.
In the bottom of the third, USF notched two runs off of three hits. With two outs, junior second baseman Dexter Butler singled through the right side then scored on a stand-up triple by Taborelli. Taborelli’s shot was the first three-bagger of the season for the Bulls.
Taborelli scored on the next play as Maruszak cracked a single up the middle, his 2nd hit of the game and 68th of his career.
The Bulls added another run to the scoreboard in the fifth as junior shortstop Walter Diaz doubled up the middle, then scored as Taborelli blasted a base hit through the left side tallying his ninth RBI of the season.
In the fourth, USF tallied its 71st run of the season as senior designated hitter Nick Cardieri scored on a Diaz sacrifice fly to center field. Cardieri walked, then moved to second as sophomore catcher Braulio Pardo put down a sac bunt. Junior Josh LeRoy singled to right field, moving Cardieri into scoring position.
Thomas gave up his first hit of the game in the seventh inning, a single down the right field line, but no Jasper runs were scored in the inning.
In the eighth, senior right hander Yuri Higgins entered the game with no outs and two Jasper runners on base, but kept Manhattan College from scoring any runs by striking out two Jaspers and forcing the third to fly out to LeRoy in right field.
Higgins ended the game with three strikeouts in 2.0 innings pitched and nine batters faced.
The Bulls and Jaspers conclude the three-game series Sunday at noon at Red McEwen Field.