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USF Nips Owls 2-1 Despite A Bags Loaded Ninth Inning

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USF Nips Owls 2-1 Despite A Bags Loaded Ninth Inning

South Florida received a terrific spot-start from Shawn Sanford, and Bulls’ relievers were was able to close out FAU 2-1 Wednesday night in Tampa.

USF (16-10) plated two runs on groundball outs, but it was enough for Sanford and sophomore closer Kevin Quakenbush, who ended a bases-loaded FAU rally in the eighth with a timely strikeout.

Sanford (1-2) struck out at least one batter in each inning and finished with seven K’s and surrendered just four hits in seven innings. The junior from Cinniminson , New Jersey has been primarily used as a reliever at USF, owning 25 career saves which ranks among the programs’ all-time best.

Five USF hits in the first three innings, including two singles to leadoff the bottom of the second, generated an early run on Daniel Rockhold’s RBI grounder.

Anthony Mesa hit a one-out double in the fifth with the Owls trailing 1-0 and Tom Hatcher had doubled with two outs in the fourth but both would be left stranded.

Two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth but Brent Adheen induced a groundball double play grounder which helped him pitch his way out of the jam by allowing just one run.

Adheen (0-2) was making his fourth straight midweek start. He scattered seven hits and allowed two runs in a season-high five innings.

With USF leading 2-0 in the eighth Sean Bukovich’s pinch-hit single brought the tying run to the plate with one out. William Block would then singled but USF reliever Joe Cole plucked Hatcher on an 0-2 pitch. Bull's Coach Prado then brought in reliever Quakenbush, who struck out Jeremy Griffiths with two outs, and the bases loaded, to protect the lead.

Florida Atlantic (15-10) has lost seven of nine after starting the season 13-3.

The Owls will next host Sout Alabama in a three game SBC series which begins this Friday at 6:30PM EST.

Source:  FAU Media Relations

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