TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 18) – The University of South Florida beat out nine hits and took advantage of six FAMU fielding errors to clinch a 7-0 college baseball victory over the Rattlers Wednesday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field.
Florida A&M (6-9), which managed just three hits in Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to the Bulls, went one better Wednesday, finishing the day with four hits, led by senior shortstop Tim Schalch with two hits, while Steve Cunningham and Derrick Shaw claimed the other two safeties.
Freshman David Duncan (2-4) took the loss on the mound for FAMU, scattering six hits, while allowing four runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts and three walks in seven innings of work.
USF’S Matt Reed (2-0) went the distance for the Bulls, scattering four hits in nine shutout innings, fanning five Rattler hitters, while walking two.
South Florida (10-7) took a 2-0 lead in the first on Todd Brazeal’s two-run double, which scored Sam Mende and Jonathan Kosco. Kosco had struck out, but catcher Adam Gordon’s throw to first was wild, allowing Kosco to go all the way to third, setting the stage of Brazeal’s big hit later in the inning.
In the fifth, Mende singled, then scored on a throwing error by third baseman Derrick Shaw with two outs, extending the Bulls’ lead to 3-0.
USF’s Daniel Rockhold made it 4-0 in the sixth, reaching base after being hit by a pitch, scoring from second when left fielder Tobi Adeyemi misplayed a base hit by Peter Brotons, allowing the ball to roll to the fence.
In the eighth, the Bulls made it 6-0, when Mike Consolmagno hit a two-run single, scoring Junior Carlin and Jordan McGillis, then in the ninth, a throwing error by shortstop Tim Schalch allowed Mende, who reached on a one-out walk, to score from third with the game’s final run.
WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU will host Albany (Ga.) State Thursday at 3 p.m. at Moore-Kittles Field, then open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play Saturday (1:00-DH) and Sunday (12 noon) against archrival and defending champion Bethune-Cookman at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Daytona Beach, Florida.