The Bulls, 19-21, are back home as they host FIU, 19-22 (6-9 away from home) for a quick non-conference battle. USF will be looking to get back on track after taking two losses over the weekend in Houston.
USF enters this game batting .246 as a team and has a staff ERA of 3.73 (.241 average against them) on the season. FIU enters the game batting .303 as a team and has a 4.50 staff ERA (.279 average against them). There could be some runs scored in this game with two teams that can swing the lumber.
Leading the FIU batting order is redshirt junior catcher Zack Soria who is batting .333 on the year with 10 doubles, 3 home runs, 19 RBIs, has scored 19 runs and is 8 for 12 in steal attempts. Junior infielder Nick Day is batting .317 with 5 doubles, 7 home runs (leads the team), has 19 RBIs on the season and has scored 23 runs (he is their biggest power threat in the batting order). Junior outfielder Kolby Follis is batting .302 with 2 doubles, 10 RBIs, has scored 19 runs on the season and leads the team with 14 steals in 20 attempts. FIU has both power and speed on the base pads, making life tough for the USF pitching staff as they work to slow them down.
The FIU staff has given up some runs throughout the year which could be good news for the young USF offense that is led by Luke Maglich, David Villar, and others. If the Panthers have a late lead, they will hand the ball over to junior RHP William Durrathy who is 1-3 in 18 games (2.84 ERA) and has 5 saves while throwing 18.2 innings, allowing 9 hits, 9 runs, 14 walks and has struck out 22 batters.
Time to shake off the weekend, get back to work in front of the home crowd, and take down an in-state foe.