GREENVILLE — South Florida evened its American Athletic Conference series at East Carolina on Saturday with a 13-1 win at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Peter Strzelecki (6-2) pitched a complete game as the Bulls improved to 22-13 overall and 6-5 in the AAC. Tyler Smith (5-1) was dealt his first loss of the season for the Pirates (26-8, 5-3).
Coco Montes led the Bulls offensively, going 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs.
Kyle Phillips was 4-for-5 with a run driven in for USF.
The visitors scored three runs in the first inning. Turner Brown’s homer to right in the third accounted for ECU’s lone run.
Strzelecki allowed five hits while walking one and striking out four.
ECU won the series opener, 15-2, on Friday night.
“We have two good teams going at it this weekend,” said Piratres coach Cliff Godwin. “We knew they would respond after last night.
“Strzelecki had a tremendous performance for them and we knew it would be tough facing him. I think he is their best pitcher in terms of going out there and knowing what he is doing in attacking hitters the way he wants to.
“It’s tough once you get down three, but once we got down more than three it was going to be hard to try and manufacture runs.”
The deciding game in the series starts Sunday at 11 a.m.