University of South Florida junior Andrew Longley entered Tuesday's game against Miami with only two hits on the season, but the Sickles High product produced three against the Hurricanes, including the tiebreaking hit in the eighth that gave the Bulls their biggest win of the year.
Longley's two-out, two-run single was the difference in a 4-2 victory over No. 24 Miami in the Florida Four at Steinbrenner Field, the Bulls' first victory against UM since 2004.
"It's amazing because I've been waiting to break out," said Longley, who was 3-for-4. "My first one (a bloop single in the second inning) wasn't nothing to be happy about, but a hit's a hit, man. Whatever gets you going, whatever works, you know."
The Bulls (2-5) also got a big performance on the mound from junior left-hander Matt Reed, who allowed one run on four hits over seven innings in his first start of the season. Reed gave way to the bullpen with a 2-1 lead in the eighth, but Miami (4-4) scratched out a run against reliever Jimmy Moran to pull even.
However, Longley came through in the clutch in USF's ensuing at-bat. He stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and lined a hard shot up the middle that went off the glove of Miami second baseman Michael Broad, which allowed Sam Mende and Todd Brazeal to score.
"For our young men, they've been fighting like crazy for the first two weeks and had nothing to show for it," Coach Lelo Prado said. "To beat a program like the University of Miami, and really outplay them the whole game, I'm just so proud of our guys. ... A win like this, you've got to feel good about it leaving here. Hopefully we'll go on a little roll."
FLORIDA STATE 5, FLORIDA 3
Jayce Boyd had a two-run triple and scored in a five-run third inning, and the fifth-ranked Seminoles (8-0) held on to the defeat the top-ranked Gators (7-1) in the nightcap.
The Gators pulled within two in the sixth on RBI singles from Kamm Washington and Daniel Pigott, but FSU relievers Daniel Bennett and Mike McGee combined on three perfect innings to close the game, giving the Seminoles their fourth straight win in the series.