TAMPA, FL -
Andrew Barbosa was dominant in just his third start since Tommy John surgery.
The 6'8" lefty shut down the Savannah State Tigers for five innings as the Bulls (7-4) completed the sweep on Sunday afternoon at the USF Baseball Stadium.
Darien Cambell laid down a bunt single to lead off the game for the Tigers. One out later, Cambell was forced out when Todd Hagen bounced into a fielder's choice. Hagen would be the last Tiger batter to reach base until the seventh inning.
Barbosa worked the first five for USF, allowing just the bunt single to Campell and walking none while cutting down six Tigers on strikes.
Prior to Sunday, Barbosa had worked just 4.1 innings and issued six free passes across two outings. His command returned against the Tigers, as 42 of his 54 pitches were for strikes (78%).
Chad Taylor drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the first. James Ramsay singled to right, and Taylor came around to score on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Daniel Rockhold.
Taylor again walked and Ramsay singled to open the third, and both runners moved up 90 feet on an error by Tigers starting pitcher Rexford Davis. Rockhold followed with a drive to left that was knocked down by the strong, persistent winds blowing left to right, but the ball was deep enough to score Taylor with the sacrifice fly.
With the Bulls up 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Kyle Teaf drew a one-out walk and Luis Llerena followed with a single to right to put runners at the corners for Alex Mendez. Mendez dropped down a bunt to the right side to execute the safety squeeze, pushing across Teaf with the Bulls' third run of the ballgame.
USF plated two more in the fifth, highlighted by a wind-aided ground-rule double by Rockhold that drove home Ramsay, and an RBI single from Andrew Longley which plated Rockhold.
With the Bulls up 5-0 in the seventh, Savannah State climbed right back in the game despite mustering just one hit in the inning. In his second inning of relief, Adrian Puig hit Bubba Green to lead off the inning and allowed a single to Hagen.
Joseph McCrary grounded a potential double play ball to Teaf at short, but miscommunication between Teaf and Llerena caused Teaf's throw to sail into right, allowing both Green and Hagen to score. The Tigers picked up their third run two outs later on an errant throw by Longley, attempting to pick off McCrary at third.
The Bulls called upon Austin Adams for the six-out save. Adams hit two batters in the eighth and allowed a one-out double to Matthew Oglesby in the ninth, but kept the Tigers off the scoreboard and earned his first save of 2012.
It's a quick turnaround for USF, as they begin a two game midweek set hosting Jacksonville University (4-6) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.