USF baseball falls to Houston in series finale

Posted: April 19, 2014 in Baseball

Tommy Peterson pitched well, but the bullpen couldn’t close the door late. (Picture credit:

The Bulls couldn’t hold up late to 12th ranked Houston, falling 5 to 3 and dropping their overall record to 22-17 (8-7) on the season. Despite a solid outing from Tommy Peterson, the bullpen let Houston score late, taking a series win away from the Bulls.

After the 2nd, USF was down 1 to 0, but they would get back in the 4th inning after Lawrence Pardo led it off with a walk and Daniel Portales followed him with a single. Luke Maglich bunted to move the runners up and Levi Borders would reach on an error, allowing Pardo to score to tie it at 1 to 1. Luke Borders would then hit a single to bring home Maglich. Austin Lueck then ripped a double to make it 3 to 2. Houston would get a run back in the 4th to make it 3 to 2, but Tommy Peterson would go strong the rest of his outing till the 8th inning when the bullpen couldn’t shut the door. Janick Serrallonga came in for Peterson, but quickly gave up a run to tie the game. He allowed 2 hits and 2 walks (responsible for 2 runs) and was quickly replaced by Jordan Strittmatter. Strittmatter would struggle to find the strike zone, walking 2 straight batters and allowing 2 straight runs to walk home as the Cougars went ahead for good 5 to 3. The Bulls had a small rally in the top of the 9th, but Nik Alfonso grounded into a game inning double play.

Peterson, as mentioned, pitched well. He went 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and struck out 4 batters.

This was a game that could have been huge for the Bulls, adding a late season win to the resume over a ranked team, but they couldn’t get it done. USF will return to action on Tuesday as they come back to Tampa to face FGCU at 6:30 PM.


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