USF, 15-16 (1-4), fell 4 to 3 against Memphis tonight, dropping the series as the Bulls slip below .500 on the season. USF had the lead late, but a 9th inning rally allowed the Tigers to steal the victory.
In the 1st and third, the Tigers added a run in each inning to take a 2 to 0 lead late into game until the 6th. In the bottom of the inning, Coco Montes scored after a single by Duke Stunkel and an error by the Tigers. Stunkel then scored on a sac fly from David Villar to tie the game at 2 to 2. In the 8th, Tyler Dietrich singled home David Villar (reached on a base hit) to put the Bulls ahead 3 to 2 for their first lead of the game. In the 9th, against Bobby Eveld, the Tigers scored 2 runs to take the game late to steal the victory. I thought it was over with Eveld pitching, but the Tigers got it done.
Coco Montes was 1 for 3 in the game and scored a run. Duke Stunkel was 2 for 4 and scored a run. David Villar was 1 for 3 overall with an RBI and scored a run. They did leave 10 on base, hurting their chances in the game. They just couldn’t string together a lot of hits together throughout the game.
Brandon Lawson (ND) went 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and struck out 7 batters. Andrew Perez went 2 innings, allowing a walk, and struck out 5 batters in a solid outing for him. Bobby Eveld (0-2) went the last inning, allowing 2 runs. He was just not on it tonight and it cost the Bulls late. This stinks.
The two sides will battle it out tomorrow in the finale beginning at noon. Let’s hope they are able to salvage a game to at least get them back to .500.