This Week In USF Baseball
TAMPA, Fla. – This week the University of South Florida baseball team (13-13) travels to Orlando to face No. 25 UCF on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., then returns to Red McEwen for a 7 p.m. Wednesday matchup with Bethune-Cookman.
The Bulls look to get back on the winning track after a 2-3 mark last week, with wins over Florida Gulf Coast (3-2) and Georgetown (2-1), but losses to UNF (4-3) and to Georgetown (6-3 and 8-7).
Tuesday's matchup with UCF is the first of four this season, and the game against B-CU on Wednesday is the second of four meetings, with the Wildcats taking the first game 8-4 in Daytona Beach on March 5.
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USF Bulls (13-13)
Right-hander Matt Stull will get the starting nod for USF on Tuesday and Wednesday's starter is freshman Kyle Eastham. Stull is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA in four appearances, including one start. He has tallied 12 strikeouts in 12.2 innings of work as a redshirt freshman. Eastham is 1-0 with seven appearances and one start. He has a 5.73 ERA with 11 Ks.
Senior Joey Angelberger has posted a team-best .388 batting average, .600 slugging percentage and eight doubles in 25 games, while freshman Ryan Lockwood (.363) leads the team in hits (37), runs (21) and RBI (20).
UCF Knights (22-6)
Junior right hander Caleb Graham is expected to make his fifth start for UCF on Tuesday. Graham, who owns a 6.46 ERA, is 1-1 this season with 17 Ks in 15.1 innings.
Dwayne Bailey leads the offensive attack for the nationally ranked Knights, recording a .423 average with 47. Ryan Richardson adds a .402 average and Shane Brown's .600 slugging percentage - four home runs and nine doubles - is tops on the team.
B-CU Wildcats (16-10)
Junior Christopher Chapman, 0-1, is scheduled to make his first start and third appearance of the year on Wednesday for the Wildcats. The left-hander has only pitched 5.2 innings, striking out four and recording a 7.94 ERA.
Jose Lozada (.453) is the only Wildcat batting above .400, and has a .716 slugging and .546 on base percentage. He leads the team in hits (43), runs (26), triples (5) and total bases (68). Osvaldo Torres is batting .316 and has nine doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI.
USF next hits the road for a three-game weekend series with West Virginia April 4-6 in Morgantown. The Bulls and Mountaineers take face off at 7 p.m., 3 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.