April 13, 2006
TAMPA, Fla. - Three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth by South Florida broke open a one-run game and guided the Bulls to an 11-6 win over the University of Louisville Thursday night in the series opener at Red McEwen Field.
The Bulls (16-19, 6-7) pounced to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Kris Howell doubled home Ty Taborelli, Brandin Daniel singled in Howell and a sac fly to right by Joey Angelberger plated DH Matt McHargue, who had been hit by a pitch.
USF added to the lead when an error by Logan Johnson at third allowed two runs to score in the second, making it 5-0 Bulls.
Michael Urti and Alec Lowrey walked in the third and a single through the right side by Nick Haley loaded the bases for Chris Cates, who bounced a 1-1 pitch through the left side, cutting the lead to 5-2
Daniel drew a walk with the bases loaded in the fourth for a 6-2 USF lead.
Derrick Alfonso singled to left and when Kris Howell bobbled the ball, Burton scored, making it 6-3. Urti then singled home Castillo and Isaiah Howes singled in Alfonso, cutting the lead to 6-5. The relay to the plate in an attempt to nab Alfonso sailed over the plate and Urti charged home from third, but was out as pitcher Casey Hudspeth gathered the errant toss and threw home for the tag on a close play at the plate that ended the inning.
An RBI double by pinch-hitter Brian Baisley and an RBI single by Dexter Butler plated two more in the eighth for the Bulls, extending their advantage to 11-5.
The Cards loaded the bases in the ninth with one out, but a sac fly by Johnson was the only run they could push across.
Hudspeth (4-4) pitched well enough to earn the win, allowing five runs - four earned, on six hits and four walks in seven innings. He struck out six.
Cardinal starter B.J. Rosenberg (4-4) took the loss, giving up nine runs - six earned on 10 hits and five walks in 6.1 innings, striking out three.
The same two teams meet Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET for game two of the series.