USF baseball falls 5 to 3 to FGCU

Posted: April 22, 2014 in Baseball

The Bulls lost 5 to 3 to FGCU, dropping their record to just 22-18 on the season. FGCU and USF were tied at 1 to 1 in the top of the 9th inning, but a bad inning from Strittmatter allowed FGCU to take the lead and not give it back after a late rally from the Bulls.

FGCU got on the board in the top of the 5th inning after Colton Bottomley doubled, Nick Rivera would follow him up with his own double to bring him home to make it 1 to 0. USF had a little life in the bottom of the inning after Luke Borders got on base on a fielders choice and Austin Lueck walked, but Zac Gilcrease and Nik Alfonso would fly out to end the inning. The USF had a threat in the bottom of 6th after back-to-back singles from Lawrence Pardo and Daniel Portales, but back-to-back strike outs from Luke Maglich and Levi Borders ended that threat. The offense finally got going for the Bulls in the bottom of the 7th after Austin Lueck doubled, followed by a single from Gilcrease. Alfonso would then put down a safety squeeze bunt, bringing home Lueck. Kyle Teaf and Pardo both struck out to end the inning. It was a tie game until the top of the 9th inning after Jordan Strittmatter had thrown a 1-2-3 8th. Gage Morey started it with a single for FGCU, followed by a single from Alex Diaz, then another right back to Strittmatter from Jake Noll, which brought Morey home.  Bottomley then unloaded a 3-run blast to make it 5 to 1. The Bulls did rally in the bottom of the 9th after Austin Lueck singled. Zac Gilcrease would launch a home run to make it 5 to 3. Andreas Leal would then hit a single, but two outs from Kyle Teaf and Lawrence Pardo would end the rally and the game.

Brandon Lawson pitched well, working 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, and struck out 4 batters. Cody Hernandez pitched two perfect innings of relief after replacing Lawson. Jordan Strittmatter came in for the 8th after Hernandez. He worked 2 innings, but allowed 4 hits, 4 runs, and struck out 2 batters.

The Bulls are now 22-18 as they face Memphis starting on Friday night for a 3-game set (7 PM on Friday, 6 PM on Saturday, and 1 PM for Sunday). This game hurts, I’ll leave it at that.


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