The Bulls improved to 2-1 on the year with a 6 to 0 win over Iowa, taking the opening weekend series of the year. USF did it with great offense and even better pitching to get it done.
In the first inning, the Bulls went ahead on a 2-run double by Luke Borders to get it all started. Anthony Gonnella then hit an RBI single to put USF ahead 3 to 0 to start this game. In the 2nd inning, Joe Genord hit a solo home run to put USF ahead 4 to 0.
In the 6th, the Bulls went ahead 5 to 0 on an RBI single from Borders as he continued to bat in everyone over the weekend. In the 8th, Chris Chatfield drove in another run to make it 6 to 0. It was great to see the offense cranking again.
Kevin Merrell was 0 for 1 with 4 walks, scored 2 runs, and stole a base. Borders was 3 for 5 with a double and drove in 3 runs total. He drove in 6 runs over the weekend. Garrett Zech was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Peter Strzelecki (1-0) went 5 innings in his debut, allowing 1 hit, 3 walks and struck out 6 batters in another impressive start for the starting pitching. Joe Cavallaro replaced him, going 2 inning, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and struck out a batter. Mark Savarese worked a clean inning and Andrew Perez went the 9th, allowing 2 hits but struck out 3 to end the game for the Bulls. It was a great opening weekend a really promising start for the pitching staff that saw several arms return after missing all of last year.
The Bulls will head to Tallahassee for a game against the Seminoles on Tuesday afternoon (game scheduled to start at 4 PM). USF has to be happy after this opening weekend, but the Seminoles will be a brutal road test to really see how improved this team is.