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Tampa- The USF Bulls baseball team had a real nail bitter on Friday evening but came away with a win against the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (25-28,13-10) 6-5 in front of the largest capacity crowd of the season.
The Bulls (35-19, 17-6) went to work early as they scored three runs in the first inning. Kyle Teaf led off the game with a single into right field. Two batters later, James Ramsay walked and was followed by a ground-rule double by Jimmy Falla to drive in Teaf and make it 1-0. Two batters later, Buddy Putnam hit a long single into right center field bringing around Ramsay and Falla to make the score 3-0.
In the fifth inning, Nick Favatella reached base with a single but would be thrown out in a double play attempt by fellow Scarlet Knight Vinny Zarrillo the next at bat. As Zarillo reached first base safely, Jeff Meilillo stepped up to the plate afterwards and cranked one over the left field fence to shrink the Bulls lead to 3-2.
In the sixth inning, the Scarlet Knights took the lead 4-3 with runs from Brian O’Brady and John Jennings after an error and a wild pitch by the Bulls. The Bulls would, in the same inning, take the lead back.
Chris Norton would start it off with a single followed by a Putnam walk. Kyle Copack laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to the next bases. Zac Gilcrease would hit a two RBI double bringing around Norton and Copack to retake the lead 5-4.
The Scarlet Knights would threaten once again in the ninth inning. Zarrillo would lead off the inning with a single but eventually was thrown out of a double play attempt but Melillo would reach first safely. Steve Zavala walked and Charlie Law would single to load up the bases. O’Brady would hit a sacrifice fly out to deep right center and Melillo would tag up from third to tie the game 5-5.
Nik Alfonso would begin the bottom of the ninth with a double that would eventually prove to be the winning run. Alex Mendez and Ramsay would walk two batters later. Jimmy Falla would come up with the bases loaded and hit into a fielder’s choice which allowed Alfonso to score for a final score of 6-5.