TAMPA, MARCH. 17, 2017 – Thanks to another complete effort from the bats, pitching and defense, the University of South Florida baseball team extended its winning streak to 15 games with a series-opening 8-2 win over Harvard Friday night.
The Bulls (16-1) gave ace Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) run support early with five runs on the Crimson (7-4) in the second and third innings. Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) doubled down the left field line in the second, then was brought home a couple pitches later on classmate David Villar’s (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) opposite field blast. USF added one more to take a 3-0 lead into the third.
The Bulls made it 5-0 in the bottom of the third inning on a Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) two-run blast to right field that landed on top of the batting cages.
The Crimson plated runs in the fourth and eighth, but the Bulls added insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on another two-run jack. After Villar walked, sophomore Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) sent a moon shot to right field that cleared the scoreboard and landed on the Josephine Ramil Campo Batting Facility, making it 7-2. USF tacked on another in the frame before a quick ninth sealed the deal.
· Sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) went 4-for-5 to lead all players, recording a new career-high in base knocks.
· Borders’s bomb was his third of the season, as was Chatfield’s. Villar’s was his first of the year.
· Chatfield clubbed a career-high three hits, scored two runs and drove in two.
· Sanders struck out double-digit batters and logged 7.0 innings for the second-straight outing.
· The Bulls 15-game winning streak is the second longest in program history and the second-longest active streak in the nation.
· The Bulls tallied at least 14 hits for the fifth time in the last six games.
Thoughts from Coach Kingston, Phoenix Sanders and Coco Montes
The Bulls and Crimson will play a double-header tomorrow that begins at 2:00 p.m. The first game will be seven innings and the second will be nine.
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 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.