The University of South Florida’s 12-game winning streak ended with a thud on Tuesday night.
The No. 19-ranked Florida Gators, buoyed by a six-run fifth inning, defeated the No. 25 Bulls 12-1 at McKethan Stadium.
The Bulls (26-15) led 1-0 after an RBI single from Anthony Diaz and four shutout innings by USF starter Mike Clarkson. But the Gators (23-19) scored the tying run on a wild pitch, then surged ahead on Richie Martin’s RBI single.
Taylor Gushue’s two-run single off reliever Janick Serrallonga pushed UF to a three-run advantage.
The sixth inning erased all doubt.
USF loaded the bases with no outs, but couldn’t score. UF added four more runs, including a bases-loaded triple by Martin.
UF’s victory also halted another notable USF streak.
Bulls shortstop Kyle Teaf had reached base in 34 consecutive games, but went 0-for-4 against the Gators.
USF returns to Big East Conference play with this weekend’s three-game home series against St. John’s, beginning Friday night at 7.
The Bulls led the Big East with a 10-2 conference record, followed by Pittsburgh (9-3) and Louisville (8-4).