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Rain doesn't put damper on Bulls

The sun winked at Red McEwen Field, and South Florida responded by rushing onto it. Finally, the Bulls could remove the tarp and finish what they started.

USF, which led Miami 9-1 at the start of a 1{-hour rain delay Tuesday, closed out an 11-2 win in a game called after 6{ innings.

"You can't control the weather," USF coach Eddie Cardieri said. "But it would have been a very sad thing for our guys to jump out like that and not get the win."

The Bulls avenged a 13-2 Monday loss to the Hurricanes. But even after an eight-run fourth inning, USF was not assured of anything.

The rain threatened to turn the field into a marsh at the most inconvenient of times for USF. Starting pitcher Scott Glaser needed just two more outs in the fifth to make the game official. But after Glaser set down the first batter, the umpire halted play.

When play resumed, Cardieri sent Luis Ramos to the mound, not wanting to risk damage to Glaser's well-cooled arm.

"It was over an hour (delay)," Cardieri said. "That was a bit much."

Ramos got the win, but Glaser did his damage by holding the Hurricanes (21-11) to four hits and allowing just one run, on a sacrifice fly.

"He pitched well and kept us off-balance," Miami coach Jim Morris said. "We didn't do a very good job of swinging the bat today."

By contrast, the Bulls (21-9) hammered Miami starter Darin Spassoff, who went into the game with a 4-2 record and had not given up a home run. First baseman Ross Gload hit his 11th homer of the season _ a shot to right-center _ in the first.

Morris pulled Spassoff in the fourth after Gload's single drove in Matt Tumulty and Mike Pilger to make the score 6-1. Spassoff's relief, Todd Ozias, quickly surrendered a run on a wild pitch. Two more followed Sean Lynch's triple down the first-base line.

Following the rain delay, Ramos set down a pair of Hurricanes batters in order. USF extended its lead in the bottom of the inning on Jason Dellaero's 13th homer and Kevin Boles' run after a sacrifice fly by Mike Diaz.

"We got spanked (Monday) night," Cardieri said. "I'm really proud of how we responded. It's very satisfying."

Ramos, who entered the game with a 0.56 earned-run average, improved to 3-0. He gave up one hit and one run in 2 innings.