TAMPA, Fla. (March 10, 2007) – The University of South Florida baseball team (12-6) lost 7-5 to Michigan State (5-5) Saturday night at Red McEwen Field, dropping the Bulls’ sixth game of the season.
USF tallied a run in the first inning and scored before the opponent for the fifth-consecutive contest, dating back to the second game of the Central Michigan double-header on March 4.
Senior Danny Otero picked up his third loss of the season, throwing four strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. Junior James Rowe also notched four strikeouts in his 2.0 innings and redshirt freshman Daryl Lewis struck out two in one inning of work.
Junior Ty Taborelli was 2-for-3 with one run scored while four other Bulls had one hit apiece.
To open the bottom of the first, junior Walter Diaz drew a walk and advanced to second on a base hit from Taborelli.
Sophomore Addison Maruszak moved the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, just in time for junior Dexter Butler to send a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Diaz.
Michigan State scored four runs in the next two innings to take the 4-1 lead, but Diaz scored again in the third, to cut the Spartan lead to two.
The scoreless fourth inning was followed by Michigan State notching one run in the fifth and a pair in the seventh, to take the 7-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, senior Nick Cardieri singled up the middle, then scored as freshman outfielder Ryan Soares doubled to left field, earning his third RBI of the season, and bringing the score within four, 7-3.
In the bottom of the eighth, Taborelli walked, then Butler registered a single to left field, but the Spartans misplayed the ball, allowing Taborelli to score for the Bulls.
USF shut out MSU in the top of the ninth, and entered the last half inning trailing by three.
Junior Joey Angelberger rocketed a solo home run over the left field fence, his third of the season, to bring the Bulls within two.
Diaz was then hit by a pitch and Taborelli walked to put the tying run on base, but the Bulls couldn’t rally the hits in the bottom of the inning, dropping the sixth game of the season, 7-5.
Angelberger’s bomb was the Bulls’ second consecutive ninth-inning home run in the past two games, and the third-straight game for USF to hit a homer.
USF next plays the University of Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday, March 13. The Bulls and RedHawks meet at 6 p.m. on Red McEwen Field.