The Bulls, 15-12 (1-1), fell 3 to 2 in the second game of the series to Cincinnati. The two sides battled it out and despite a solid start from Brandon Lawson, the offense could not rally late to help them overcome the Bearcats.
In the first USF got out to a 1 to 0 after Joe Genord drove in Cameron Montgomery on a ground out, making it 1 to 0. In the 4th, the Bearcats scored to to take the lead at 2 to 1. In the 5th inning, the Bearcats added another run to extend their lead to 3 to 1. In the 9th, USF loaded the bases and got a run across after an RBI ground out by Daniel Portales to make it 3 to 2, but the Bulls could not get another run across. It was a tough loss after battling back and hanging around in this game.
Kevin Merrell was 1 for 4 in the game. David Villar was 2 for 4 with a triple. Coco Montes was 2 for 4 and scored a run in the game. Joe Genord was 1 for 3 with a run scored. The Bulls had a chance late, but just couldn’t get another run across to tie the game and force extras. Just one of those nights.
Brandon Lawson went 8 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and struck out 4 batters. He pitched decently tonight, but two errors around him didn’t help, along with 8 hits. The plus side is the bullpen didn’t get worked in this game, meaning Tommy Eveld and company will be fresh tomorrow for the series finale.
The two sides will battle tomorrow at noon for the series finale. USF really needs to take the game tomorrow and will hand the ball to Joe Cavallaro to get it done.