The Bulls, 21-15 (6-11), fell 7 to 1 in the second game of the series to Tulane. The Green Wave were just too much at the plate for the Bulls and the offense had no answer in this one.
In the 2nd, Tulane went up 1 to 0. In the 5th inning, Tulane made it 2 to 0 on a solo home run as the USF offense could not answer at that stage of the game. In the bottom of the inning, Coco Montes hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 2 to 1. In the top of the 6th, it was 3 to 1 as Tulane got the run back on an RBI double. They then added another to make it 4 to 1 as the 16th ranked team in the country flexed its muscle again. In the 7th, Tulane added two more runs to make it 6 to 1. In the 9th, Tulane extended the lead to 7 to 1. The Bulls just had no answer for them in this game.
Kevin Merrell was 1 for 3 in the game. David Villar was 2 for 4 overall. Coco Montes was 1 for 4 with the home run, the only run the Bulls could push across in this one.
Brandon Lawson (4-4) went 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, and struck out 8 batters. He threw well, but the offense could not get going in support of him. Andrew Perez went 3 innings in relief, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and struck out 4 batters. The pitching wasn’t that bad and they did escape a few bad situations out there, but allowing 7 runs is tough to come back from, especially against a Tulane staff that is pretty dominate. It was just another lesson for this young team.
The two sides will wrap up the series tomorrow at 1 PM as the Bulls will be looking to avoid the sweep. It won’t be easy, but let’s hope they can steal one tomorrow before they are on the road again.