USF baseball hosts Houston for 3-game series

Posted: April 28, 2017 in Baseball
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Hopefully Kevin Merrell can return and play this weekend.

The Bulls, 32-9 (7-5) are set to host Houston for a critical 3-game series this weekend. Houston enters this series at 27-13 (8-4) and sit atop the AAC standings. The first pitch for game one is on Friday at 6:30 PM followed by a game on Saturday at 6:30 PM with the finale coming on Sunday at 1:00 PM. 

Houston is batting .288 as a team with a staff ERA of 3.22 and are holding opponents to a .253 average against them. The Cougars are a solid team and will be a huge test for the Bulls as both teams goes for the top spot of the conference standings. Here are some key bats to watch for in this series:

Jake Scheiner – Junior – INF – Scheiner is batting .372 on the year with 13 doubles, 13 home runs, with 42 RBIs and has scored 32 runs.

Connor Wong – Junior – C/INF – Wong is batting .299 with 8 doubles, with 8 home runs, with 26 RBIs, has scored 37 runs and is 18 for 21 in steal attempts.

Joe Davis – Sophomore – C/INF – Davis is batting .293 with 4 doubles, 5 home runs, with 31 RBIs and has scored 23 runs on the year.

Here are some key pitchers to watch for in this 3-game series:

Trey Cumbie – Sophomore – LHP – Cumbie is 6-0 (2.25 ERA) and has thrown 56 innings, allowing 50 hits, 17 runs, walking 8 and has struck out 49 batters (.237 average against him).

Mitch Ullon – Sophomore – RHP – Ullom is 5-3 (3.49 ERA) and has thrown 59.1 innings, allowing 58 hits, 29 runs, walking 19 and has struck out 37 (.260 average against him).

Aaron Fletcher – Redshirt sophomore – LHP – Fletcher is 1-0 (11 games) with 6 saves with a .39 ERA. He has thrown 23 innings, allowing 17 hits, 3 runs, walking 5 and has struck out 22 batters on the year.

This is going to be a really tough series because Houston is the top team in the league and someone the Bulls are trying to chase down. Phoenix Sanders has to set the tone on Friday night and hopefully Shane McClanahan can go on Saturday to give the USF pitching staff its one-two punch. Get ready for some tough, close games.

 

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