USF baseball takes on Memphis for 3-game set

Posted: April 25, 2014 in Baseball

Pitching will have to lead the way for the Bulls in their series against Memphis (picture credit:

The Bulls, 22-18 (8-7) will host Memphis starting tonight for a three game series (game one tonight set for 7 PM). USF sits in 4th place in the AAC, while Memphis, 22-20 (4-8) sits in 8th place. 

At the plate, Memphis bats .256 as a team. They are led by senior infielder Ethan Gross. Gross is batting .277 with 4 doubles, 16 RBIs, and leads the team with 11 steals (out of 17 attempts). Sophomore outfielder Jake Little is batting .275 with 5 doubles, 4 home runs, and has 24 RBIs on the year. Junior catcher/1st baseman Carter White is batting .265 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, and has 19 RBIs. Junior infielder Tucker Tubbs (love the name) is batting .226 with 8 doubles, 3 home runs, and leads the team with 28 RBIs. The Tigers have some power in the batting order with Tubbs and Little, but overall, they rely more on getting runners on and playing a similar style to the USF approach. This will be a prime chance for the arms of Jimmy Herget, Casey Mulholland, and Tommy Peterson to hopefully dominate and secure a series win.

Leading the Tigers rotation on the mound is junior LHP Caleb Wallingford who is 5-2 in 9 starts and has a 1.14 ERA. He has worked 63.1 innings, allowing 44 hits, 13 runs (8 earned), and has walked just 14 batters while striking out 58. Another starter is senior RHP John Reed who is 5-1 with a 3.98 ERA. Reed has worked 61 innings, allowing 57 hits, 35 runs (27 earned), 19 walks and has struck out 41 batters. Two key arms out of the bullpen will be junior RHP Bryce Beeler and freshman RHP Nolan Blackwood. Beeler is 2-1 with 7 saves and a 3.09 ERA. He has worked 23.1 innings, allowing 19 hits, 10 runs, 8 walks and has struck out 29 batters. Blackwood is 2-4 with a 2.97 ERA and has 3 saves. He has worked 33.1 innings, allowing 29 hits, 11 runs, 9 walks and has struck out 21 batters. Overall, the Memphis pitching staff is solid from front to back, proving a challenge for the USF offense that has struggled at times all season to score runs on a consistent basis.

The Bulls are trying to add any wins they can at this point late in the year. While NCAA hopes are fairly distant, they can still make noise on the conference and looking for better seeding for later in the spring and the AAC tournament. USF needs this series in a bad way and the pitching staff will have to lead the way for them.


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