The Bulls, 42-11 (14-1), are back home for the final three regular season games (Friday and Saturday at 4 PM and Sunday at 5 PM). They will be hosting Central Florida, 31-7 (8-2), as both sides battle for the regular season AAC title.
USF enters the weekend batting .333 as a team and has an overall team ERA of 2.41 (opponents are batting .228 against them). Central Florida is batting .267 as a team and has a staff ERA of 2.17 (opponents batting .212 against them). These are two talented clubs so prepare for a lot of close games this weekend.
At the plate, C. Florida is led by junior outfielder Willow Kalinen who is batting .330 with 8 RBIs, 14 runs scored, and is 7 for 11 in steal attempts. Sophomore infielder Courtney Rotton is batting .306 with 8 doubles, 2 home runs, has 23 RBIs and has scored 19 runs on the year. Their biggest power threat is senior catcher/pitcher Jessica Ujvari who is batting .284 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs (leads the team), has 25 RBIs and has scored 19 runs on the year. Central Florida has a very balanced batting order with speed and power up and down the lineup. Erica Nunn, Cheyenne Eggens, and Susan Wysocki will all have to be at their best to keep their bats silenced throughout the weekend.
The C. Florida pitching staff is led by senior Shelby Turnier who is 15-14 (2.47 ERA) on the year and has thrown 190 innings, allowing 138 hits, 75 runs, 98 walks and has struck out 207 batters on the season. Another arm to watch out for is Jessica Ujvari (not often a catcher also pitches) who is 7-2 (1.38 ERA) and has thrown 66 innings, allowing 45 hits, 14 runs, 26 walks and has struck out 64 batters on the season. Turnier is a very good pitcher and will make life hard for the USF offense. The Bulls will need Kristen Wyckoff and Juli Weber to get things started at the top of the order and Lee Ann Spivey and company to bring them home in the heart of the order.
It’s going to be a big weekend for the Bulls, so let’s hope they can bring this thing home already.