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Stultz Shuts Out Huskies to Keep Bulls Alive

May 26, 2012
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USF 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
UCONN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0


Special to GoUSFBulls.com

CLEARWATER - USF's starting pitcher Derrick Stutlz pitched a complete game shutout to keep the Bulls alive in the Big East Tournament on Saturday. 

Stutlz (8-1, 3.66 ERA) pitched just his second complete game shutout of his career to lift the Bulls over UConn, 1-0, to force a second game against the Huskies at Bright House Field. 

"We had a senior that just pitched an unbelievable game," said head coach Lelo Prado. "We have to get them in the second game again." 

The right-hander faced 34 batters through nine innings holding the Huskies to no runs on just three hits.  The senior pitched his first complete game May 11, 2008 against St. Johns. 

"I just went out there one pitch at a time, my team had my back and we got through it," said Stultz. "We had to get the win and that's what we did today."

The Bulls will face UConn for the third time in the tournament in another elimination game Saturday 6:30 p.m. to determine who will face St. Johns in the championship game.

The Bulls scored their lone run on a solo shot to left field by Jimmy Falla to put the Bulls up 1-0 in the top of the fourth. 

Falla batted 2-for-3 picking up his third homerun of the season. 

"We got one that we needed and Jimmy put a good swing on it," said Prado.

UConn's pitchers only gave up one run, but combined to give up eight walks.

 "We had good at bats, we fought really hard to get here and I hope our guys have nine more in them," said Prado.












Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO
W - D. Stultz (9-1) 9.0 3 0 0 2 4
L - B. Ward (3-5) 5.0 1 1 1 4 6
S- none

E. Yavarone 3 1 0 0 0 0
J. Falla 3 2 1 1 1 1





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