Wednesday May 11, 2005USF Downs Baseball, 11-5
South Florida completed a mid-week sweep of 10th-ranked Florida with an 11-5 victory on Wednesday night at Red McEwen Field. The Bulls (29-25) erupted for seven runs in the first inning to send the Gators (32-17) to their seventh loss in the last nine games. Junior Brian Baisley (3-for-4) and freshman Brandin Daniel (3-for-5) led the way for USF, which totaled 14 hits. Despite drawing a dozen walks, the Gators stranded 13 runners on base and committed four errors. The 11 runs matched the most UF surrendered this season.
Helped by three-straight walks by sophomore Yuri Higgins, the Gators took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Senior Jeff Corsaletti (Port Charlotte, Fla.) poked a single to open the game and sophomores Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) and Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.) drew back-to-back free passes with two down. Freshman Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) earned a base on balls for his 17th RBI before Higgins fanned sophomore Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.).
The Bulls sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning and rang up seven runs on five hits and three walks to seize control. Freshman Tommy Wynn (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (0-2) walked the first two batters, senior Tim Orlosky and sophomore Ty Taborelli, and senior Bryan Hierlmeier stroked an RBI single into left field. The righty set down senior Jeff Baisley on a fly out to right and Brian Baisley followed with a flare to load the bases. Wynn walked sophomore Nick Cardieri to bring in USF’s first run and freshman Joey Angelberger roped a two-run single to put the hosts ahead. Daniel launched a double to the base of the wall in center field to score Cardieri and chase Wynn (0.1, 4 H, 7 R, 3 BB) from the hill. Freshman Dexter Butler greeted senior Mike Pete (Brandon, Fla.) with an infield hit to bring across Cardieri and move Angelberger to third. Pete uncorked wild pitch that allowed USF to tack on its seventh run.
Higgins was lifted in the second after issuing consecutive walks to sophomore Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Corsaletti. The right-hander worked just 1.1 innings in which he permitted five walks, one hit and a run. Sophomore Nick Manganaro (1-2) took the hill and induced an inning-ending double play on a grounder by junior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.). South Florida added another run in the second on a single by Brian Baisley that plated his brother Jeff, who had poked his team-leading 24th double to left center.
Sophomore Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) socked his 10th homer with a solo shot to begin the third, his second-straight game with a round-tripper. He now boasts an eight-game hitting streak, longest on the Gators. Davis doubled down the left-field line in the fifth and later scored on McArthur’s two-out single to right to bring UF to within 8-3. Sophomore Chase Lirette replaced Manganaro (3.1 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K) and a wild pitch from the reliever allowed McArthur to occupy second. Freshman Jared Kubin (Oakton, Va.) smashed a pinch-hit double to left to narrow the Gators’ deficit to four runs.
The Orange and Blue put a run on the board in the sixth on an RBI grounder by Barton. Dickey drew a leadoff walk and Corsaletti launched his team-leading 12th double to give Florida runners on second and third and prompt a pitching change. Barton’s ground ball to short scored Dickey before freshman James Rowe struck out Davis. LaPorta earned a free pass for two runners aboard but Rowe worked out of the jam by forcing Corsaletti at third on Jeroloman’s grounder.
Pete plunked Hierlmeier with one down in the sixth and was replaced by freshman Michael Branham (Tampa, Fla.). Pete worked a season-high five innings, allowing five hits and only one run, and also matched his season-high of five strikeouts. Branham hit the first batter he faced, Jeff Baisley, but bounced back by catching Brian Baisley looking on strikes. The righty walked Cardieri to fill the sacks and fanned Angelberger to strand the trio of Bulls.
Kubin and junior Justin Tordi (Orlando, Fla.) earned one-out walks in the seventh from Rowe and freshman Davis Bilardello was summoned from the bullpen. The lefty set down Dickey (fly out) and Corsaletti (line out) to preserve the Bulls’ 8-5 advantage. The Bulls put the game out of reach with two unearned runs on three hits in the seventh. Daniel started things off with a single off sophomore Steven Porter (Ocoee, Fla.) and moved to second on a wild pitch. Butler dropped down a sac bunt to advance his teammate and Porter fanned Orlosky before yielding to senior Connor Falkenbach (Parkland, Fla.). Making his 11th straight appearance, the righty had junior pinch hitter Kris Howell grounded back to the mound. However, a throwing error by the hurler enabled Daniel to boost the margin to 9-5. A single by Hierlmeier pushed freshman pinch runner Ryan Lau into scoring position and a base-hit by Jeff Baisley ended the night for Falkenbach (2 H, 1 R). Freshman Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.) became UF’s sixth pitcher of the night and walked Brian Baisley to load the bases with two down. The righty then whiffed Cardieri to end the stanza.
A double by Orlosky scored Angelberger in the eighth to finalize the six-run margin. Junior Jeremy Bellotti flew out to right and Dickey gunned down Butler at the dish to finish the scoring at 11-5. Nine different South Florida players scored a run and players turned in multiple-hit efforts. For UF, Davis was 3-for-5 and Corsaletti was 2-for-3.
Florida (15-9) resumes SEC action this weekend when Western Division foe Mississippi State (32-16/11-12 SEC) arrives in town to begin a three-game series at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The Gators trail league leader Tennessee (35-14/15-8 SEC) by a half game with six conference contests remaining. Junior Bryan Ball (Punta Gorda, Fla.) (5-3, 3.02 ERA) will start the opener against the Bulldogs.