Left-handed batters Kyle Teaf, Lawrence Pardo and Luke Maglich led off and produced Tuesday night in the 10-3 win over Stetson, making it the first time the Bulls beat the Hatters this season.
USF (21-15) dropped both games against Stetson (14-24) earlier in the month, but with eight left-handed batters in the lineup, the Bulls got 15 hits off Stetson’s seven pitchers.
“We’re having great approaches at the plate,” USF coach Lelo Prado said. “(Kyle) Teaf and those guys are clutch.”
Teaf, who made the AAC Honor Roll after going 6-for-10 with five walks, five runs and two RBIs last weekend against Temple, continued his hot streak, going 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI against Stetson.
The No. 2 batter Lawrence Pardo also hit well, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs and two RBIs. No. 3 batter Luke Maglich drove in three runs, going 1-for-3 with two sacrifice flies.
The Bulls scattered runs over the first four innings, but cushioned their 4-2 lead with a six-run fifth.
With the bases full of Bulls, back-to-back-to-back singles by Joe Altieri, Teaf and Pardo scored Buddy Putnam, Zac Gilcrease and Andres Leal respectively. Teaf then scored on Maglich’s sacrifice fly to left.
Luke Borders capped off the fifth inning with a single up the middle, scoring Pardo.
Stetson cut the deficit to 10-3 with a run in the seventh, but relievers Brandon Murray and Jordan Strittmatter tossed shutout eighth and ninth innings.
Starter Brandon Lawson (3-1) earned the win after allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings.
“I had a lot of things working for me tonight,” Lawson said. “Tonight I had my two-seam working and my changeup was working pretty well too.”
The Bulls faced seven Stetson pitchers, but starter Josh Powers (2-4) took the loss after allowing two earned runs on two hits in one inning.
“We didn’t play very well in Stetson,” Prado said. “It’s nice to see us bounce back today and hopefully build a little momentum because it’s going to be a dog fight this weekend.”
The Bulls head to Houston to play a three-game series against the No.14 Cougars beginning Thursday at