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Fontanez leads Bulls past Hoyas in 8-4 win

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USF got seven solid innings from ace Randy Fontanez and piled up 14 hits in an 8-4 home win against Georgetown on Friday night, improving to 6-1 in Big East play.

The Bulls' win, combined with losses Friday from Louisville and Rutgers, puts USF alone atop the Big East standings.

Fontanez (2-6) struck out 10 batters while walking just three, holding the Hoyas (16-13, 2-5) to four runs, all in the fifth inning. Joe Cole came through with 1.2 innings of hitless relief, with Trey Dahl getting the final out to seal the win.

At the plate, the heart of USF's batting order came through, with Stephen Hunt and Sam Mende getting three hits each and Jonathan Koscso and Junior Carlin each adding two. The eight runs are the most scored this season in support of Fontanez, who had seen the Bulls score four runs or less in six of his first seven starts.

On Saturday night, the Bulls (14-16, 6-1) will throw lefty Andrew Barbosa, who struck out 16 batters last weekend in a complete-game shutout against Cincinnati. A weekend sweep would put the Bulls at .500 for the first time all season, after opening the year 3-12.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:28pm]

    

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