Sweep? Bulls beat Irish, jump out to 7-0 lead
Whatever got into USF's baseball team 11 days ago, the Bulls have been a different team since their 3-12 start.
The Bulls got a 6-3 win against Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon for their fifth straight win, and have jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning of the final game of the series. The Bulls are 10-13 after the afternoon win, and a home sweep of the Irish in the first series of the Big East season would take the team's turnaround to another level.
Left-hander Andrew Barbosa (2-1) got the win in Saturday's first game, giving up eight hits but holding Notre Dame to three runs in six-plus innings. The Bulls trailed 3-2 in the fifth, but rallied and then held onto the lead, with reliever Joe Cole pitching 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for his first save of the season. Jonathan Koscso continues to wield a hot bat with three hits, including his 13th double, one of four for USF.
USF struck for seven runs in the second inning of the nightcap, getting six singles, including two from sophomore Sam Mende. Senior Teddy Kaufman, making his first weekend start in place of Matt Stull (shoulder) has ample support as he seeks his fourth win of the season. Here's a link to the live stats from USF's official site.