TAMPA, Fla. (March 28, 2007) – The University of South Florida outscored Florida A&M 10-5 in the final four innings to beat the Rattlers 11-10 Wednesday night at Red McEwen. The Bulls improve to 20-8 while the Rattlers drop to 1-27 this season.
After the Rattlers tied the game at 10 in the top of the ninth, the Bulls recorded a double and two intentional walks before junior Dexter Butler drew a walk and tallied USF's game-winning RBI.
Freshman Shawn Sanford (1-0) earned his first win of the season, allowing two runs from five hits in 2.2 innings. Sanford, who owns a 2.36 ERA, has six saves this season in 24 innings.
Sophomore Mike Consolmagno was 3-for-3 at the plate for the Bulls, scoring three runs while drawing two walks.
Junior Walter Diaz was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Classmate Dexter Butler ended his 10-game hitting streak against FAMU, but tallied three RBI, including the game-winner, and drew three walks.
For the second consecutive game FAMU took an early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first. USF scored one in the bottom of the inning, but the Rattlers proceeded to score three more over the next four innings to take a 5-1 lead after the fifth.
In the sixth, the Bulls answered with a big inning of their own, scoring seven runs from four hits to take the 8-5 lead. Along with tallying four singles and a sac fly, six consecutive Bulls reached base by either drawing a walk (4) or being hit by a pitch (2) in the half inning.
Sophomore Addison Maruszak, senior Nick Cardieri and junior Brad Karns recorded consecutive base hits to open the sixth, and a sac fly from junior Charles Cleveland scored USF's first run of the inning. Consolmagno followed with a single to the left side, registering his fourth RBI of the year.
Diaz drew a walk, then freshman Ryan Soares was hit by a pitch, scoring the Bulls' third run of the inning. After Butler walked, Maruszak was hit by a pitch for the 15th time this season. Angelberger and Cardieri each walked, scoring five runs off of no hits.
FAMU scored three runs in the top of the seventh to knot the game at eight, but the Bulls scored two in the bottom half of the frame to take the 10-8 lead.
In the seventh, Cleveland sent a base hit to left center, then Consolmagno drew a walk in time for Diaz to single through the right side, tallying two RBI on the hit.
The Rattlers tied the game in the top of the ninth, registering two runs off of three hits, bringing USF to the plate for the final inning of the game.
Consolmagno doubled to right field and advanced to third on a Rattler fielding error to begin the inning. Diaz was intentionally walked, as was LeRoy, which loaded the bases for Butler, who was riding a 10-game hitting streak. Butler drew a five-pitch walk, earning USF's game-winning RBI.
Freshman right hander Matt Quevedo started the game for the Bulls, striking out three and allowing five runs from seven hits in 6.0 innings.
USF next travels to Storrs, Conn., to play the Connecticut Huskies the weekend of March 30 - April 1. The trip will be the Bulls’ second-consecutive BIG EAST Conference series on the road after playing 21 home games to start the season.