Behind a five-run fourth inning, the USF baseball team exploded for a 10-3 win over FGCU on Tuesday night at USF Baseball Stadium. Previously 0-7, the victory for the Bulls is their first ever over the Eagles at home.
USF (11-6) escaped an early jam behind a bases loaded double play started by third baseman David Villar before loading the bases themselves and responding with a run in the bottom half.
With the bases juiced, Joe Genord was plunked on the back to make it 1-0 USF. The Bulls’ first baseman would also hit his first home run of the season in the sixth inning.
USF freshman starter Baron Stuart struck out the side in the top half of the second and was credited with the win, going five innings allowing four hits, one run, one walk and striking out six. It’s the third time this season Stuart has pitched at least five innings.
The Bulls separated the game in bottom of the fourth, sending all nine batters to the plate and scoring five times on just two hits.
A two-run double by Villar, his only hit of the night, made it 3-0 before a bases clearing, three-run double off the fence from second baseman J.D. Dutka pushed the Bulls lead to 6-0 over the Eagles.
Bulls shortstop Coco Montes, as part of a 2-for-3 three RBI night, doubled home two runs in the fifth to make it 8-1 and singled home another in the seventh.
In avenging last seasons loss to the Eagles (13-3), the Bulls have now won four straight and will play another midweek game tomorrow night at home against Jacksonville. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.