Bulls Drop Game Two at UCF
ORLANDO, FLA., MAY 19, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team fell to the University of Central Florida in the middle game of the year's final three-game set, 9-1.
After both sides had scoring opportunities in the first two innings, the Knights (37-18, 14-9 The American) loaded the bases with one out in the third. UCF singled their way to a 6-0 lead over the Bulls (40-14, 14-9 The American), as five of the inning's six hits were one baggers.
The Knights added three more to make it 9-0 after 6.0 innings. Sophomore Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) hit a solo home run leading off the eighth, but it was all USF would get.
- Sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) went a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk. The three hits were a season high.
- Montgomery's homer was his second of the season.
- Senior righty Michael Farley (Valrico, Fla.) allowed three hits and struck out four in the final 2.0 scoreless innings.
- Both Houston and UConn won tonight to set up a four-way tie for first in The American, as the two join USF and UCF at 14-9.
- The winner of tomorrow's game is guaranteed at least a share of the regular-season title.
- If UConn wins, USF must win and needs help from Houston, since a three-way tie would give USF the top seed in the tournament.
- If the Huskies and Bulls win, but the Cougars do not, UConn owns the tiebreaker over the Bulls.
- UConn, UCF and USF can all win the regular-season title outright. Houston can only share and does not own the tiebreaker over both the Bulls and Knights.
- A USF win and a UConn loss would give the Bulls the top seed regardless of what Houston does.
The regular season concludes tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. start in Orlando. The rubber game of the War on I4 can be watched on CBS Sports Network and heard on AM 1040.
About USF Baseball
The University of South Florida baseball team is one of the fastest rising programs in the country. Under the guidance of head coach Mark Kingston, the Bulls reached the NCAA Regionals in 2015 for the first time in 13 years and USF followed that success with a consensus Top 10 recruiting class. Five players from that recruiting class were everyday starters in 2016 including outfielder Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.), who led the team in home runs, and catcher Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.), who was named the 2016 PGCBL Player of the Year. The Bulls won series from two ranked teams in 2016 (No. 21 East Carolina, No. 25 Michigan State, began the 2017 season with a series win over Iowa and earned just it's second win over a top-five team with a 4-2 victory against No. 3 Florida State on Feb. 21. The win over FSU was part of the best start in program history thanks to a 19-game winning streak, the second-longest in USF Baseball records.
The USF Baseball program has won five conference titles and the Bulls have made 11 NCAA appearances. Follow the baseball team on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram), visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information, and purchase tickets for upcoming games at USFBullsTix.com. For tickets, contact the USF Ticket Office at 1-800-Go-Bulls or by going online to USFBullsTix.com.
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