The Bulls, 18-19 (3-6), are on the road to take on Houston for a 3-game series (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PM). The Cougars are 20-15 (3-6) and 15-5 at home. USF was 1-2 against them last year during the regular season and both teams are sitting at the bottom of the conference standings and will be looking to change that over the weekend.
USF enters the series batting .249 as a team and has a staff ERA of 3.67 (opponents are batting .235 against them on the year). The Houston team is batting .258 on the season and has a staff ERA of 2.47 (.217 average against them). Runs could be at a premium throughout the weekend if both staffs live up to their numbers.
The Cougars are led by redshirt senior outfielder Michael Pyeatt who is batting .339 wit 4 doubles, 1 triple, 8 RBIs, and has scored 14 runs on the year. Freshman catcher/infielder Joe Davis is batting .338 with 10 doubles, 7 home runs (leads the team), 33 RBIs, and has scored 18 runs on the year. Sophomore catcher/infielder Connor Wong is batting .296 with 7 doubles, 3 home runs, 13 RBIs, has scored 29 runs and is 7 for 9 in steal attempts. Houston has a lineup with both power and speed that will challenge the USF staff for the entire weekend.
The Houston staff is led by sophomore LHP Seth Romero who is 4-2 (1.99 ERA) and has thrown 49.2 innings, allowing 29 hits, 15 runs, 16 walks, and has struck out 63 batters. Fellow starter Andrew Lantrip is 4-5 (2.05 ERA) and has thrown 66 innings, allowing 51 hits, 16 runs, 4 walks, and has struck out 59 batters. Closing games is junior Nick Hernandez who is 1-0 with 7 saves in 19 games while throwing 30.1 innings, allowing 18 hits, 6 runs, 5 walks, and striking out 40 batters. The Houston staff is good, issues few walks, and strikes out a ton of batters. The USF offense will be challenged throughout the weekend to get runners on and get them home.