STORRS, CONN., MAY 12, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team faced yet another strong pitching performance from UConn and fell in game two of Friday's doubleheader, 6-2. USF lost game one Friday in extras, 2-1.
The Huskies (28-20, 12-8 The American) scored twice in the first to take an early lead. The Bulls (38-12, 12-8 The American) got one back in the second, but then UConn answered to make it 3-1 after the third.
Sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) hit a solo shot in seventh to make it 3-2, before the hosts answered again in the bottom half. UConn added two more in the eighth to take a 6-2 advantage which was ultimately the final score to complete Friday's sweep.
Redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) got into a groove after the first and retired nine-straight at one point. He went 6.0 innings, gave up six hits, four runs and struck out eight.
Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He had three hits in the two games Friday.
Redshirt-junior Andres Leal (Tampa) drove in USF's first run and went 1-for-3.
Villar's homer was his fifth of the season.
This is just the second series loss of the year for USF. The Bulls dropped the first two games at Tulane to open conference play before winning the finale.
There is currently a four-way tie for first in the league entering tonight's games. Houston and UCF are also 12-8 and begin road series at Tulane and Cincinnati, respectively.
USF and UConn conclude the three-game set Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The game that was originally slated for 1:00 was moved up due to expected rain.
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.