TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2004) - East Tennessee State outhit South Florida 13-11, but USF prevailed, 7-4, in another exciting game between the Bulls and Bucs Saturday afternoon from rainy Red McEwen Field in Tampa, Fla.
Both squads left the bases loaded in the first inning, but USF was able to push across a run to take a 1-0 lead. The Bucs had three on with one out, but South Florida freshman starter Casey Hudspeth struck out the final two ETSU batters to retire the side. For USF, second baseman Mike Macaluso led off the first with a single and scored on a two-out single by third baseman Jeff Baisley. After two more Bulls reached base, Buccaneer sophomore starter Jeremy Hall (Gray, Tenn.) stranded all three by striking out Matt McHargue to end the inning.
East Tennessee State tied the score at one in the top of the second. Sophomore third baseman Greg Roberts (Douglas, Ga.) led off the frame with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by the next batter, junior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.). After another out was recorded, Roberts scored on a clutch single by sophomore left fielder Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.).
The Bulls sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs to take a 4-1 advantage. Jeff Baisley led the inning off with a single, then designated hitter Devin Ivany was hit by a pitch. The runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Travis Brown, then McHargue was intentionally walked to load the bases. Catcher Brian Baisley hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field, followed by RBI singles by center fielder Ty Taborelli and Macaluso.
ETSU stormed back with three runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game at four. Roberts reached on an error then moved to second on a single by Moore. Senior center fielder Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) laced a double to right field, scoring Roberts. Moore would then score on a sacrifice fly by Traylor, and sophomore right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) drove in Turner with a double off of the center field wall.
The Bulls took the lead for good by scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Right fielder Ryan Hierlmeier was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning then, after two outs were recorded, an Ivany single gave USF runners on first and second. Left fielder Travis Brown would then reach on an error, scoring Hierlmeier, followed by a McHargue single, scoring Ivany.
USF scored another run in the bottom of the eighth to widen their lead to three. Jeff Baisley led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ivany, then scored as Brian Baisley reached on an error.
South Florida reliever Tim Mattison (1-0) earned the win after pitching 4.1 innings and allowing no runs on five hits while striking out four. Hall pitched very well after the third, but was charged with the loss after pitching six innings and allowing four earned runs on 10 hits while striking out three.
Joey Livingston retired the Bucs in order in the ninth to record his first save of the season. ETSU senior lefty Josh Kite (Greeneville, Tenn.) pitched effectively over the final two innings for the Bucs, allowing no earned runs on one hit and striking out three.
Each player in the Buccaneer lineup had at least one hit this afternoon, led by Traylor, Roberts and sophomore second baseman Josiah Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) with two each. Traylor led the Bucs with two RBIs while Roberts paced the team with two runs scored.
Jeff Baisley and Taborelli led the Bulls with a game-high three hits while he and Ivany scored two runs each
The Bucs and Bulls meet for the final game of their three-game weekend series Sunday at Noon from Red McEwen Field in Tampa, Fla.