USF baseball falls to Memphis as the season ends

Posted: May 27, 2016 in Baseball
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The Bulls, 24-33, fell 7 to 5 to the Memphis Tigers in the AAC tournament as the season comes to an end. USF had a late lead in the game, but the Tigers were able to pour it on late without the Bulls able to complete a comeback late. 

In the 2nd, USF loaded the bases with one out but Tyler Dietrich grounded into a double play to kill that early scoring threat. The Bulls had a lot of early chances to score runs early on in the game, but just could not get anything going early in the game. In the 5th, the Bulls finally broke through on a 2-run single to make it 2 to 0. In the 6th, the Tigers took the lead at 3 to 2 but in the bottom of the 6th, Garrett Zech scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 3 to 3. In the 8th, the Tigers scored a run and USF answered as Zech scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4 to 4. In the 9th, the Tigers took the 7 to 4 lead late in the game. In the bottom of the 9th, Duke Stunkel hit an RBI single to make it 7 to 5, but the Bulls were unable to keep it going after a double play ended the game and the season.

Kevin Merrell was 3 for 4 with a double and scored a run. Luke Borders was 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs and scored a run. Duke Stunkel was 3 for 5 overall with that late inning RBI. David Villar was 2 for 5. Zech was 1 for 1 with 2 runs scored and drew 3 walks. The Bulls got the offense going in this game, but it wasn’t enough to save them late in this season finale.

Phoenix Sanders went 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and struck out 3 batters. Michael Clarkson (1-5) went 3 innings in relief, allowing 6 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and struck out 2 batters.

The season is now over, but I will have a complete and comprehensive break down of how the year went, what went down, and what the future holds. Trust me, this is just the beginning for this program. Coach Kingston has something building here and this was just the first step moving forward for it.

 

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