TAMPA — Andres Leal lined a base hit down the right field line to score Luke Maglich and the University of South Florida walked off with a 4-3 win against the University of Cincinnati in the bottom of the 11th inning at USF Baseball Stadium.
“We had a lot of guys in scoring position and we just couldn’t get that big hit. Our pitching did a great job keeping us the game and we were finally able to scratch across a run.” said USF head coach Mark Kingston. “You have to do the things that the game demands and if you do that long enough you have success, that’s our attitude.”
USF (19-8-1, 2-0 American) got the scoring started when Austin Lueck doubled in the second inning to score Buddy Putnam who reached on a single and Leal who was on at first after an error by Bearcats starter Andrew Zellner for a 2-0 Bulls lead.
Cincinnati got a run back in the fourth when Ian Happ scored on a fielders choice by Bearcats sophomore right-fielder R.J. Thompson.
The Bearcats tied the game in the sixth on a two out single by Thompson that scored Jarod Yokam who was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Luke Maglich lined a double to right center field in the home half of the sixth and the Bulls reclaimed the lead 3-2 when Luke Borders came around to score from first base.
Ryan Noda led off the eighth with a double and advanced on a wild pitch by USF’s Michael Farley who was on in relief of Mulholland. Happ then delivered a run scoring sacrifice fly to deep center field and the game was tied game 3-3.
The game remained tied until the 11th when Luke Maglich and Daniel Portales reached base with back-to-back base hits setting up the heroic at bat of Leal.
“I got a pitch I could handle and just drove it,” said Leal. “Coach told me to take a two strike approach early and I barreled it up pretty good”.
Casey Mullholland gave the Bulls six innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked four. Michael Farley was gain strong in relief for the Bulls working four innings of one run , one hit ball while striking out nine. Tommy Peterson pitched an inning and was credited with the win.
Cincinnati sophomore right-hander Andrew Zellner pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs , one earned. He struck out four and walked two on 105 pitches and got a no decision.
USF and Cincinnati will play the final game of the series Sunday with the first pitch at 1PM at USF Baseball Stadium.
- Kyle Teaf and Luke Maglich each had two hits to lead the Bulls.
- Tommy Peterson touched 97 with a fastball tonight and that may have not been his best pitch. Working off the fastball that sat mostly in the 92-94 range his off-speed stuff was untouchable.
- Coach Kingston talked early in the season about the teams success, stating “I’m only going to define success by getting the best out of our players”. 28 games in thats seems to be the case.