USF baseball hits the road to face FIU

Posted: May 7, 2014 in Baseball

After being swept by Louisville over the weekend, the Bulls will begin the long end of the season on the road as they face FIU (game slated to start at 6 PM). USF sits at just 24-23 (10-11) and have lost 5 straight while FIU, 34-12 (14-10), is coming off of a sweep over ECU and has a mark of 22-8 at home this season.

FIU is led at the plate by junior catcher Aramis Garcia who is batting .353 with 13 doubles, 7 home runs, and 35 RBIs on the season. Junior 3rd baseman Josh Anderson is batting .314 with 12 doubles, 5 home runs, and has 40 RBIs on the year. Junior infielder Julius Gaines is batting .293 with 8 doubles and has 27 RBIs on the season (talented batting order folks). Sophomore infielder Edwin Rios is batting .288 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, and has 33 RBIs. Justin Patrick, who is expected to get the start in this game, will be challenged by the deep batting order for FIU. The USF pitching staff will have to sharpen up and lock in against a deep batting order.

On the mound, the Panthers have a collective ERA of just 1.94 and hold opponents to a batting average of .228. The possible starter for this game, junior RHP Robby Kalaf, is 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA. He has tossed 34.1 innings, allowing 30 hits, 17 runs, 15 walks, and has struck out 26 batters. Coming out of the bullpen, senior LHP Mike Gomez, is 1-0 with 8 saves and has worked 22.1 innings, allowing 24 hits, 11 runs, 8 walks and has struck out 21 batters. Senior RHP Mitchell Davis is 1-0 with a .98 ERA after working 18.1 innings, allowing 21 hits, 7 runs, 10 walks, and has struck out 29 batters. Overall, the FIU pitching staff is very stout, posing yet another challenge for the Bulls who have struggled all year at the plate.

This game is going to be interesting. USF is going south real fast and now they are on the road facing a foe that is rolling and ready to defend their home field. I have no clue which USF team will show up in this game. If the Bulls want to avoid a losing season, they can’t afford a bad game on the road here at FIU. If they fall, well, the heat will only continue to rise.

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