USF baseball takes on UF

Posted: May 13, 2014 in Baseball

Anything left in the tank?

The Bulls are coming off of an ugly weekend, a weekend where they were swept by Rutgers and fell a game under .500 for the first time all season. USF sits at 25-26 (10-14 in AAC play, regular season is over there and now they have to face 13th ranked UF who enters the game with a 34-18 (19-8 in the SEC) record (game begins at 6 PM). The Bulls are just 1-12 all time against the Gators under Coach Lelo Prado.

The Gators have a loaded and talented batting order that could mean a long night for the USF pitching staff if they are not sharp. Junior catcher Taylor Gushue is batting .316 with 13 doubles, 5 home runs, and leads the team with 42 RBIs. Sophomore infielder Richie Martin is batting .281 with 9 doubles, a solo home run, 23 RBIs and is 15 for 17 in stolen base attempts. Freshman infielder Peter Alonso is batting .276 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and has 25 RBIs. Junior infielder Casey Turgeon is batting .249 with 10 doubles, 4 home runs, and has 29 RBIs to round out their batting order.

Face the facts, the Bulls were taxed after a long weekend at Rutgers. Tommy Peterson got just one out on Sunday before the bullpen had to be used again, right after a 12 inning marathon the day before. Whoever the Bulls send out there (Lawson?) they have to try to get deep in the game. The bullpen can’t be called again in the first inning if this group wants to even stand a chance.

On the mound, the Gators have a team ERA of 3.33 and have allowed opponents to hit .252 as a group against them. Among their the top starters (no word on who will start for them), their bullpen has several big arms that will be tough to deal with in late game situations. Junior RHP Ryan Harris is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and has 5 saves on the year. He has worked 31.1 innings, allowing 25 hits, 10 runs, 11 walks, and has struck out 17 batters. Another arm to watch for is junior Bobby Poyner who is 4-3 with 4 saves and a 3.83 ERA. He has worked 47 innings, allowing 48 hits, 25 runs, 8 walks, and has struck out 40 batters.

The offense has been bad for a while now. The Bulls have been able to get runners on base but have failed time after time to get the runners home. Leaving 8+ runners on in the previous few games is a recipe for disaster and the results have proven that. Kyle Teaf and Austin Lueck have continued to play well, but they need help. Someone else has to come through with a big hit.

After this game, the Bulls will head to Atlanta for a 3-game series against Georgia Tech to round out the regular season.

This game could be ugly.



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