Baseball Falls To South Florida, 11-4
March 13, 2004
TAMPA, Fla. - The University of South Florida baseball team (12-5) won its third-straight game with an 11-4 victory over the University of Massachusetts (2-2) on Saturday, March 13 at Red McEwen Field. Registering 10 hits on the afternoon, USF won it second straight versus the Minutemen, taking a 2-0 lead in the weekend's three-game series. Junior Devin Ivany (.344, 3 HR, 13 RBI) went 3-for-3 on the afternoon with two runs scored. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native scored the Bulls go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth giving USF a 2-1 lead. Senior Myron Leslie (.323, 1 HR, 14 RBI) went 1-for-4, busting the game wide open with a three-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth. The USF shortstop leads the team in doubles this season with seven.
Starter Kyle Schmidt (3-1, 2.15 ERA) was credited with the victory, allowing one run on five hits while striking out one in six and two-thirds innings. The Palm Harbor native leads USF in strikeouts with 29 in 2004.
The Minutemen took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second with an RBI single by third baseman Adam Stojanowski. With a runner on 90 feet away from home, Stojanowski drove the ball past first baseman Brian Baisley, scoring Matt Reynolds from third.
USF answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Baisley (.293, 2 HE, 17 RBI) got things started with a single down the left field line. After advancing to second following a wild pitch, Baisley was driven home on double by junior Jeremy Brand. Senior Travis Brown drove in Brand with an RBI single to give the Bulls their first lead of the ball game. USF added a run in the bottom of the fifth with a RBI single by Baisley, scoring Ivany from second. Junior Bryan Hierlmeier crushed his fifth home run (team high) of the season in the bottom of the fifth to give USF a 4-1 lead. The home run was Hierlmeier's fourth of the week.
UMass cut into USF's lead, scoring two runs in the top of the eighth. However, USF put the game out of reach with seven runs in the bottom of the eighth. A three-RBI double by Leslie highlighted the inning, clearing the bases and giving the Bulls an 8-3 lead.
The Bulls will face UMass in the final game of this weekend's three-game series on Sunday, March 14 at Red McEwen Field. On the mound for USF will be freshman left-hander Nick Manganaro. Pitching for the Minutemen will be right-hander Mike Crane. Game time is Noon.