Maruszak wins Big East opener in 9th
Down 4-2 to Seton Hall in the eighth inning Saturday, USF rallied for a 6-4 win in its Big East opener, getting a two-run, two-out home run in the ninth from shortstop Addison Maruszak at Red McEwen Field.
The Bulls (9-5) have now won six straight going into Saturday's second game, expected to start at 6 p.m. This game was postponed from Friday night due to inclement weather.
USF got 13 hits off Seton Hall pitching, but nearly saw its win streak come to an end. Closer Shawn Sanford, who walked two in the ninth but got out of trouble, picked up his fourth win in relief. Maruszak now has a team-high three home runs, one off his total from all of last season.
And what a wild ninth for the Bulls, as senior Eric Baumann got a one-out single, his first hit as a Bull, only to see his pinch-runner, freshman Juan Carlin, thrown out at home trying to score the tying run from second base on a single by freshman Jonathan Koscso. But redshirt freshman Ryan Lockwood hit an RBI single up the middle to tie the game, and then, after a pitching change, Maruszak won it for the Bulls.