CLEARWATER, Fla.—This has been an awfully strange game between South Florida and Illinois. The Bulls were apparently batting out of order the first two times through the lineup, with Jimmy Falla improperly hitting in the No. 7 hole and Jonathan Koscso in the No. 8 hole. Illinois coach Dan Hartleb called them on it after Koscso hit into a fielder's choice with runners on first and second in the sixth. After a long conference between umpires and coaches, Koscso was called out and the runners were sent back to their bases. When that part of the order came up again in the seventh, Koscso was batting in the No. 7 hole, and Falla eighth. It is worth noting, however, that the starting lineups given to officials in the press box listed Falla seventh and Koscso eighth.
Meanwhile, the Bulls have broken this game open with seven runs in the seventh, highlighted by Todd Brazeal's three-run double and capped by Junior Carlin's two-run single up the middle. Much earlier in the inning, Carlin had bunted a ball past third baseman Brandon Hohl down the third-base line into left field for a two-base error that scored a run. Strange days, indeed.
It's 11-3 South Florida at the seventh-inning stretch, and I'm calling it a (long) day. I'll be back tomorrow with plenty of action from the Naimoli Complex.
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