USF holds on to beat Louisville behind the arm of Jimmy Herget

Posted: May 23, 2014 in Baseball

Jimmy Herget is the ace of the pitching staff and he showed why today.

The Bulls won a huge game today, beating top seeded Louisville (also the 5th ranked team in the country) 2 to 1, improving their record to 27-30. The Bulls are still alive in the AAC tournament title hunt thanks to the ace of the USF pitching staff, Jimmy Herget.

The Cardinals scored first in the 1st inning, putting the Bulls in an early hole but the offense got a few breaks and Jimmy Herget wouldn’t let the Cardinals come across home again. The Bulls tied the game in the 3rd inning after Luke Maglich went to first on a walk and was followed up by a single from Austin Lueck. Kyle Teaf, who played incredible all afternoon at the short stop position, brought Maglich home on an RBI single. USF would go ahead in the 5th inning after Zac Gilcrease reached on a single. Buddy Putnam would move him over to second on a bunt and Luke Borders would drive him home to give USF the 2-1 lead. The Cardinals gave the Bulls a big scare in the 8th, but thanks to excellent defense kept the Cardinals from coming back. Putnam made a great catch at the wall and Herget was able to strike out a batter after the Cardinals moved a base runner to third on a throwing error during an intentional walk.

The star of the afternoon was ace Jimmy Herget. Herget worked the entire game, allowing 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and struck out 6 batters. Herget dominated and was able to work out of trouble late in the game and kept the Bulls alive in the AAC tournament.

So what lies ahead? The Bulls are still alive for a chance to play in the AAC championship game on Sunday, but they have a lot of work ahead and need some help. USF has to beat Memphis tomorrow, the 8th seed (USF was 2-1 in the regular season against them). After that, the Bulls need Louisville to beat Rutgers. If that happens, thanks to the head-to-head match-ups on the quirky tournament, USF would have a chance to play on Sunday. So sit back and let’s see what happens.

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