The Bulls, 3-1, upset 3rd ranked FSU on the road on Tuesday night by a score of 4 to 2. The Bulls rallied in the 9th inning to pull off one of the biggest upsets in some time for this program.
In the first inning the Bulls were down 1 to 0 and then 2 to 0 as Ryan Valdes made the start for the Bulls. FSU jumped out to the early lead, but the USF bullpen was able to shut down the FSU offense, holding them to just one hit for the entire game. Seriously, this is the 3rd ranked team in their own home and our mid-week starter and young bullpen were able to shut them down. That is just crazy and so impressive to see how far this team has come in a single year.
The Bulls would go to the 9th inning and would loaded the bases against the Seminoles who made 6 pitching changes in the inning. A passed ball allowed 2 runs to score and the game was tied. Tyler Dietrich then hit a sac fly to put USF ahead 3 to 2, followed by an RBI single from David Villar to give the Bulls the insurance run but they would not need it after Andrew Perez worked a clean inning for his first career save.
David Villar was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Coco Montes was 1 for 3 and scored a run in the game.
Ryan Valdes went 3 innings, allowing 1 hit, 2 runs, walking 3 and struck out one batter. Noah Yager went 2 inning, striking out 2 batters in his 2017 debut. Carson Ragsdale went an inning, striking out 2 more batters followed by Collin Sullivan going another inning and striking out 2 more batters. Mark Savarese (1-0) went 1 inning, walking just one batter. Andrew Perez (S 1) went the last inning, striking out 2 batters. It was one hell of a game by this staff. They are really showing their progress early in this year.
The Bulls will return to Tampa as they host Miami (OH) for three games starting on Friday at 6:3- PM, then 2 PM on Saturday, followed by a series finale on Sunday at 1 PM.
This win is huge, just huge for Mark Kingston and his young team. I hope they can build off of his huge victory.