TAMPA, Fla.- South Florida exploded for a 12-run fourth inning and cruised the rest of the way to defeat the Quaker baseball team, 17-3, Tuesday evening at Red McEwen Field.
The Bulls (5-9) jumped to a 2-0 lead after a two-run homer by Brian Baisley in the first inning, but Penn responded in the top of the third.
Andy Console led off with a double and was driven in on an RBI single by Jarron Smith, who would score on a Josh Corn double on the next play. A sacrifice fly by Rajan Paty scored Corn and gave the Quakers a 3-2 lead.
But the lead was short-lived, as South Florida strung together nine hits to score 12 runs in the fourth inning, nearly batting around twice in the process, mostly off Penn starter Joe Thornton.
Bulls starter Yuri Higgins (1-2) settled down with the huge lead and allowed three runs on five hits through five innings pitched.
South Florida tagged three more runs on while the Quakers (0-4) struggled to muster any offense, as four different relievers allowed just two hits and no runs in the final four innings.
Dexter Butler went 4-for-6 with four runs scored while Kris Howell added three hits for South Florida.
Catcher Josh Corn had two hits for Penn.
Penn doesn't have much time to recuperate from the loss, as it takes on Central Florida on Wednesday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m. in Orlando, Fla.