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South Florida Athletics | April 15, 2018

South Florida wins series over No. 7 East Carolina

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GREENVILLE, N.C. โ€“ The University of South Florida baseball team tallied 11 hits and the bullpen surrendered only one run across 5.2 innings to spearhead Sunday's 5-4 win over No. 7 East Carolina, clinching the weekend series.

The Bulls (23-13, 6-5 The American) again jumped out to a first inning lead on a Chris Chatfield double down the right field line, scoring Coco Montes and David Villar.

The Pirates (26-8, 5-3 The American) landed their first blow in the bottom of the third on a three-run homer by Jake Washer, making it 3-2. But USF answered, retaking the lead in the top of the fourth.

After a pair of singles put runners at the corners, Garrett Zech reached on a fielder's choice, allowing JD Dutka to score from third. A balk moved Zech to second and the speedster was brought home in the next at-bat, as Tyler Dietrich singled to shallow center, putting the Bulls up 4-3.

Following a 38 minute rain delay, USF added to the lead in the seventh on a solo home run that just made it over the right field wall off the bat of Villar. ECU got to within one, adding a run in the bottom of the eighth to make it 5-4. But Andrew Perez stymied the Pirates in the ninth, closing the door on the game and the series.

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Head coach Billy Mohl on the big series win after Friday's loss:

"I'm really proud of our guys this weekend and how they responded after Friday's loss. They did a great job of not letting the outside noise take away from the ultimate goal of winning a series. They were determined and brought real energy all weekend. It was a total team effort."

Key Stats

11 โ€“ USF had 11 hits, the 20th time it recorded double-digit hits this year.

14 โ€“ The four USF arms combined for 14 strikeouts.

7 โ€“ This is USF's seventh series win of the year.

5 โ€“ Perez picked up his fifth save of the year.

3 โ€“ The Bulls now have three wins over ranked teams, beating then-No. 6 UNC in the first game of the season in addition to the last two victories over No. 7 ECU.


  • Chatfield went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
  • Montes went 2-for-5 with a run and his 10th double of the season.
  • Villar finished 2-for-3 with two runs, two walks and his seventh homer.
  • Junior righty Alec Wisely (Jacksonville) came into the game in the fourth and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing only two hits with six strikeouts and no walks.  


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