STORRS, CONN., MAY 12, 2017 – It was a true pitcher's duel between the University of South Florida baseball team and UConn in game one of Friday's doubleheader, but the hosts prevailed in 10 innings, 2-1.
The Bulls (38-11, 12-7 The American) got on the board first in the fourth inning, as sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) doubled, advanced to third on a sac fly, then scored on a wild pitch.
It looked to be enough, as the pitcher's duel continued until the Huskies (26-20, 10-8 The American) led off the seventh with a triple off the bat of Isaac Feldstein. Willy Yahn drove him home to tie the game.
USF loaded the bags in the top of the ninth with one out, but UConn induced an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
The Huskies loaded the bags in 10th with nobody out, leading to a Zac Susi single to left center to give his team the win.
Senior Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) had one of his best outings of the year, going 6.2 innings allowing just one earned run with nine strikeouts.
Junior Duke Stunkel. Jr. (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) went 2-for-5.
Montes went 2-for-3 with the lone run. He also walked.
UConn starter Tim Cate went 7.0 innings allowing six hits and striking out 14.
Montes and Stunkel Jr. each hit doubles, their 12th and 13th of the season, respectively.
USF and UConn play game two of the series beginning at 3:00 p.m.
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.