TAMPA, Fla. (May 5, 2007) – The University of South Florida (28-19) baseball team lost 11-3 to No. 24 Georgia Tech (28-17) Saturday night at Red McEwen Field.
Bulls freshman J.C. Suarez made his USF pitching debut, coming in for relief in the seventh inning, allowing one hit and no runs in 2.1 innings. Suarez, primarily a pinch runner for USF, faced eight batters.
Sophomore Mike Consolmagno was 2-for-3 with a triple and a double while senior Ty Taborelli went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomore Addison Maruszak and juniors Charles Cleveland and Brandin Daniel each recorded a double against the nationally-ranked Yellow Jackets.
Senior right handed pitcher Danny Otero dropped to 7-6 in the non-conference game, allowing six runs from 11 hits while striking out three of his 24 batters faced.
The Yellow Jackets scored three runs over the first three innings before the Bulls scored one run from two hits in the third inning.
Consolmagno sent a triple to center field in the third inning, then Taborelli singled to the right side to score Consolmagno and pick up his 27th RBI of the year. Taborelli, along with teammate Nick Cardieri, graduated from USF prior to the game.
A three-run home run in the fifth, a three-RBI triple in the sixth and two runs in the seventh from GT blew open the game 11-3 following seven frames.
Freshman right hander Daryl Lewis came in to relieve Otero in the sixth, allowing four hits and five runs in 1.2 innings. The outing was Lewis' eighth of the season.
In the bottom of the sixth, Maruszak doubled to right center, his 10th two-bagger this season, then scored when Cleveland sent his fourth double of the year to center field. Freshman second baseman Ryan Soares followed with a single, scoring Cleveland, while tallying his 19th hit and 13th RBI on the play.
The Yellow Jackets scored two more in the top of the seventh, collecting their second home run of the game, a two-RBI bomb over the left field fence, which concluded the scoring for the game.
USF and GT will continue the three-game series on Sunday at noon, then again on Monday at noon.
The Sunday game with GT will be broadcast live on both Catch 47, the official cable partner of USF athletics, and on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS). The broadcast will be re-aired on Catch 47 on Monday, May 7 at 9 p.m. Jim Louk will provide play-by-play on Sunday and former Major League Baseball All-Star Fred McGriff will be on hand as the color analyst.
On Monday the game can be heard live on the USF Press Pass, with Jim Louk and Garrett Woolvard calling the play-by-play.
Following the series with GT, the Bulls travel to South Orange, N.J., to play Seton Hall May 11-13.