USF baseball falls to Tulane in series opener

Posted: May 7, 2016 in Baseball
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The Bulls, 21-24 (6-10), fell 9 to 4 in the first game of the opening series against Tulane. The Bulls were keeping pace in the game until the Green Wave broke it open in the 8th inning. 

In the first, Tulane went up 1 to 0 and then 3 to 0 in the 2nd inning. In the bottom of the 2nd, Garrett Zech hit an RBI single to make it 3 to 1. In the 4th, Luke Maglich hit a solo home run to make it 3 to 2. In the 6th, Brad Labozzetta struggled with his command, throwing 2 wild pitches, allowing 2 runs to score making it 5 to 2. In the 7th, Coco Montes hit a 2-run double to make it 5 to 4 in the game. In the top of the 8th, Tulane added a solo home run to make it 6 to 4. They then extended it to a 9 to 4 lead as they ran away with the game. The Bulls just had no answer late in this game.

Kevin Merrell was 1 for 2 with 3 walks in the game. Luke Maglich was 1 for 4 with his solo home run. Tyler Dietrich was 1 for 3 and scored a run. Coco Montes was 1 for 3 with the 2 RBIs. There was just not enough offense to keep pace in this game.

Phoenix Sanders went 5 innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and struck out 8 batters. Brad Labozzetta (2-5) went 3 innings, allowing 2 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks and struck out 5 batters (not the best game for him). Garrett Bye went the final inning, striking out all 3 batters in a solid relief appearance by him.

The two sides will square off tomorrow at 6:30 PM for the second game of the series as the Bulls try to bounce back to get even in the series.

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