The Bulls, 19-22, falls 6 to 5 to FIU. USF had a lead, lost it, battled back, but came up just short in this one. The young team continues to battle but came up short in this one.
In the first, USF went up 1 to 0 early on an RBI single from Duke Stunkel. In the second though, FIU scored one to tie it up at 1 to 1. In the third, FIU scored 2 runs to take the lead at 3 to 1. In the bottom of the inning, Luke Maglich hit a 2-run triple to tie the game up at 3 all. In the 5th, Stunkel hit an RBI triple to put the Bulls ahead 4 to 3. In the 7th, FIU tied it at 4 to 4 as both teams battled. After that, FIU then took the lead at 6 to 4 as they got to Perez. In the 8th, the Bulls got two runners on with just one out and Joe Genord drove in a run with a ground out to make it 6 to 5 and that would be it for the USF offense in this game.
Garrett Zech was 1 for 4 with 2 runs scored and stole 2 bases in the game. Duke Stunkel was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs and scored 2 runs in a solid night at the plate. Luke Maglich was 2 for 4 and drove in 2 runs in the game. The offense just could not do enough to back up the pitching staff in this game.
Michael Clarkson went 4.1 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and struck out 7 batters against an aggressive FIU batting order. Andrew Perez (0-4) replaced him, going 2 innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and struck out 2 batters. Tommy Eveld replaced him, going 2.2 innings, allowing just a walk in another great appearance for him. Again, it was just one of those nights for the Bulls.
The Bulls will host Central Florida starting Friday (6:30 PM) to begin a 3-game series as they return to conference play.