USF baseball, 16-16 (14-9 at home), continue their home stand as they host UNF for a non-conference midweek battle (game begins at 6:30 PM). UNF is 20-14 on the season. They beat USF 7 to 6 back on March 16th after USF gave up 4 runs in the 9th inning.
The Bulls enter this game batting .246 as a team while the team staff has an ERA of 3.50 (batting .233 against them). UNF is batting .300 as a team and they have a 4.14 ERA (.272 average against them).
UNF is led by senior catcher Keith Skinner who is batting .398 on the season with 11 doubles, 2 home runs, has 23 RBIs, and has scored 27 more runs. He went 2 for 3 with 2 walks and scored a run in the first meeting. Senior infielder/RHP Corbin Olmstead is batting .346 at the plate, with 4 doubles, 9 home runs (leads the team), has 40 RBIs and has scored 26 runs. He was 2 for 5 with a home run and drove in 3 total runs in the first game. Rounding out their top batters is junior utility Chris Thibdeau who is batting .330 with 9 doubles, 4 home runs, with 13 RBIs, 28 runs scored and is 4 for 4 in steal attempts. He was 1 for 3 in the first meeting. The bullpen blew it late in the last game, so let’s hope they can lock it down late if they have the lead in this game.
The pitching staff for UNF has given up some runs throughout the year, but they do have some solid arms that can shut it down late in the game. Olmstead is 3-3 (3.86 ERA) and has 2 saves in 18 games. He has thrown 17.1 innings, allowing 12 hits, 4 runs, 11 walks, and has struck out 17 batters and is 3-0 on the year and has 4 saves. Another arm to watch on is redshirt junior Matthew Naylor who has thrown 32.1 innings, allowing 29 hits, 13 runs, walked 8 batters and has struck out 42 batters. Both he and Olmstead will be ready to shut down the game late against the young USF batting order that has had its ups and down throughout the year. Hitters like David Villar (2 for 4 in the first game) and Chris Chatfield (2 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBIs) will have to step up again like they did before to attempt the upset victory.