April 3, 2010
CINCINNATI – In the rubber match of a three-game BIG EAST Conference series, the USF Bulls scored five runs in the first four innings and held on for a 6-3 win over the University of Cincinnati baseball team Saturday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium.
The Bulls registered 11 hits and used four Cincinnati errors to score six runs and improve to 13-15 overall and 5-1 in the BIG EAST. UC fell to 13-12 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
One of the four Bearcats errors led to a USF run in the first inning, and the Bulls added a run in the second, two runs in the third, and a run in the fourth inning to quickly jump in front, 5-0.
UC struck in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-out double by senior Kevin Johnson that scored junior Chris Peters and sophomore T.J. Jones, cutting the deficit to 5-2.
UC had another opportunity to cut into its deficit in the fifth inning with runners on second and third with two outs, but a strike ended the scoring threat.
USF played small ball to manufacture an insurance run in the seventh inning to widen its lead back to four runs, 6-2, but Cincinnati came back in the eighth as a sacrifice fly by Johnson plated a run and kept runners on second base with one out. However, a double play during the next at-bat helped the Bulls escape the inning leading 6-3.
In the Bearcats final opportunity in the ninth, UC was retired in order and the Bulls defeated the Bearcats, 6-3.
Junior Mikel Huston and Peters posted two hits apiece, while Johnson drove in all three runs.
Cincinnati plays the final game of its five-game homestand on Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. vs. Morehead State.