|Ty Wiest (L, 0-2)||5.0||10||6||3||0||5|
|Mark Patrick Flynn||2.0||4||6||0||0||1|
TAMPA, Fla. — USF scored six runs in the first three innings and never looked back, taking the opening game of its series with the Columbia baseball team 13-1 Friday night. The Lions (0-5) were held to just three hits on the night with Joe Engel posting two of those knocks, going 2-for-3.
Ty Wiest, who dropped to 0-2 on the season, recorded the first two outs in the first without incident, but David Villar belted his third homer of the season to put the Bulls (5-4) on the board and Chris Chatfield followed with a triple, leading to JD Dutka’s RBI single.
USF tacked on three more in the second and another insurance run in the third before Columbia broke through. With runners on first and second, an errant throw by the Bulls third baseman trying to get the force play at second allowed Liam McGill to scamper home and cut the deficit to 6-1.
However, two crucial errors with two outs left the door open for the Bulls, who took advantage by scoring six unearned runs off of reliever Mark Patrick Flynn in the sixth. USF recorded four extra-base hits in the frame to put the game out of reach. The Bulls capped the scoring with an RBI double from Kyle Phillips in the eighth.
Villar was 4-for-4 with two doubles, the dinger
Shane McClanahan (2-1) was the pitcher of record for USF, striking out 12 batters. He allowed the one unearned run on three hits over six innings.
Ten of the Bulls 16 hits were for extra bases.
Randell Kanemaru’s hitting streak was snapped at 14 games, but he drew a walk to extend his streak of reaching base to 25-straight.
The Lions will resume the series with the Bulls tomorrow, March 3 when the teams meet in a doubleheader. Game one is slated to begin at 2 p.m.