USF’s baseball team has made a habit of surrendering late leads this season.

On Saturday, the Bulls did it — and suffered a loss — against Notre Dame. Sunday, facing a sweep, USF surrendered a two-run lead in the seventh inning. However, the Bulls turned around their ninth-inning misfortunes and picked up a 6-5 victory over the Irish.

Mike Consolmagno singled to center and freshman Daniel Rockhold singled him in for the game-winning run in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half, Joe Cole, who couldn’t save USF from Notre Dame’s comeback yesterday, came in and shutdown the Irish, striking out two and securing the victory.

The Bulls piled on 16 hits and were led by Todd Brazeal, who went 3-for-5 with one RBI. Junior starter Shawn Sanford went 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.

USF moves to 18-6 in conference play, still good for sole possession of first place in the Big East. We’ll have a full recap of this weekend’s action in tomorrow’s Oracle.

-K.K.

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