The Bulls, 6-1, swept the double header over Miami (Ohio), winning 7 to 2 in the first game and then rallying in the bottom of the 9th in the second game to win 3 to 2.
In the first game of the double header, USF won 7 to 2 to move to 5-1 on the year.
In the Garrett Zech and Kevin Merrell were able to score thanks to some throwing errors by the Redhawks, allowing the Bulls to go up 2 to 0 early in the game. In the 4th, Coco Montes hit a 2-run single to put USF ahead 4 to 0. In the 7th, the Redhawks scored on a balk from Michael Farley, but USF got it back in the 8th, scoring 3 more runs to make it 7 to 1. Miami would get across a run in the top of the 9th, but it would not matter.
Kevin Merrell was 2 for 4 with an RBI, a steal, and scored 2 runs. Montes was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and scored a run. Duke Stunkel went 3 for 4 and Garrett Zech went 2 for 3 and scored 2 runs.
Shane McClanahan (1-0), went 6 innings, allowing 1 hit, 2 walks and struck out 9 batters in another impressive start for the Bulls. Michael Farley (S 1) went the final 3 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 runs, walking 2 batters and struck out one.
In game two, the Bulls had to rally in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs to come back and win the game. USF was down 2 to 0 for the entire game and had just 3 hits, but Chris Chatfield hit a 2-run shot to tie the game at 2 to 2. After the Chatfield blast, Duke Stunkel doubled and then scored on an RBI single from Andres Leal to give the Bulls the thrilling victory.
Chatfield was 1 for 3 overall and Leal was 1 for 4. Let’s just say, they picked the best time to get those first hits.
DJ Roberts went 6.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, and struck out 6 in a solid outing. Joe Cavallaro went 1.1 innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and struck out 4 in great relief work. Andrew Perez (1-0) went the last inning, striking out two batters. He has been super impressive in his first few outings.
The two teams will wrap up the 4-game series tomorrow with USF slated to send Peter Strzelecki to the mound at 1 PM as USF looks for the insane 4-game sweep. Let’s see if they can make it happen tomorrow afternoon.