The Bulls, 15-13, are on the road for a quick non-conference game against Stetson who is also 15-13 (game begins at 6:30 PM). USF won the first game 3 to 2 back on March 15th in Deland with the second game on the 29th being rained out. Can USF win again in Deland?
The Hatters are led by senior 2nd baseman Jack Machonis who is batting .298 with 5 doubles, 1 home run, 13 RBIs and has scored 17 runs on the season. Redshirt junior utility player Vance Vizcaino who is batting .292 with 3 doubles, a home run, has driven in 12 runs, scored 23 more and is 11 for 13 in steal attempts. Rounding out their top batters is redshirt senior outfielder who is batting .217 with 6 doubles, has 3 home runs, driven in 11 runs and has scored 18 runs. As a unit they are batting .255 as a team. They will be facing a USF pitching staff that has a team ERA who has a group ERA of 3.52 and opponents are batting .234 against the Bulls. USF is led late in games by Tommy Eveld who has 6 saves in 12 games (.95 ERA) and has struck out 39 batters in 28.1 innings of work. If USF can get the lead to him late, he can shut the door down quickly.
The Stetson pitching staff enters this game with a group ERA of 3.60 while holding opponents to a .263 average against them. USF enters the game with a .246 team average. They will be facing late game situations against junior RHP Walker Sheller who has 7 saves (.92 ERA) and has struck out 23 batters in 19.2 innings of work while allowing 2 runs overall on the season. Key hitters like David Villar who is batting .290 (leads the team) and veterans like Luke Maglich who is batting .280 with 17 steals, all have to step up and get the offense rolling again in this game. If they can get going early before facing Sheller, it would be for the best.
Let’s see how our Bulls bounce back after losing two games on the road over the weekend.