USF baseball falls 6 to 5 to UNF

Posted: April 29, 2014 in Baseball

USF baseball team fell 6 to 5 to UNF, dropping their record to 24-20 on the season. USF was up 5 to 2, but a bad outing from Joe Adel allowed the Ospreys to take the lead, something they would not give back despite several rallies from USF.

The Bulls struck first in the first inning after Austin Lueck reached on a fielders choice, Kyle Teaf would follow him with a single. Lawrence Pardo then came up and singled, bringing home Lueck, making it 1 to 0. Zac Gilcrease would then hit a single as well, bringing home Teaf, making it 2 to 0. In the third, Teaf was hit by a pitch and Pardo reached on an error. Luke Borders would then ground out, allowing Teaf to score, making it 3 to 0. Andres Leal would then follow him with a single, making it 4 to 0. In the top of the 4th, UNF would get a run, making it 4 to 1. USF would answer though, after Lueck singled, Teaf would then follow him with an RBI single to bring him home. In the top of the 5th, UNF made it 5 to 2, but they were prepared to do even more.

In the top of the 6th, Joe Adel took over for starter Brandon Lawson and struggled, not recording an out, allowing 2 runs to score and loading the bases. Coach Prado would go back to the bullpen and call in senior Janick Serrallonga who was able to work out of the jam and not allow any further damage, keeping the score at 5 to 4. In the top of the 7th, UNF tied the game at 5. Prado then went to the bullpen and brought in Casey Mulholland, the number two starter (Josh Appel mentioned it was his day to throw, so they brought him. Makes sense now). A run would score, making it 6 to 5, but the inning would end there. The Bulls would go to the bottom of the 9th, getting Pardo on with a fielder’s choice, but it was not to be as the Bulls grounded their way out of the inning and into the loss.

Brandon Lawson went 5 innings, allowing 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and 2 strike outs in the start. Joe Adel struggled, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs and failed to record an out. Janick Serrallonga pitched well getting out of the jam in the 6th. He went 1.2 innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 run (tied the game in the 7th), and walked 1. Casey Mulholland came in to pitch in relief (his day to throw, thanks again Josh Appel, I thought it was strange to see him in), working 1.1 innings, allowing a hit, but struck out 2 batters. Jordan Strittmatter came in for him in the 9th, allowing just one hit and nothing else. Overall, the bullpen, aside from Adel, pitched well, but blown chances doomed the Bulls the entire game.

This game is a bitter one for the Bulls to take and now sitting at 24-20 and a home series against the 11th ranked Louisville Cardinals looming, the Bulls have to dig deep heading into the weekend. Facing the Cardinals powerful lineup, it could make for a long weekend if they aren’t able to bounce back.

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