STORRS, CONN., MAY 13, 2017 – Redshirt-junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) was lights out for a second-straight outing to carry the University of South Florida baseball team to a 1-0 win in the series finale at UConn Saturday.
Hits were few and far between for both sides for much of the game, as the Bulls (39-12, 13-8 The American) and Huskies (28-11, 12-9 The American) were scoreless through six.
Sophomore Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) doubled to lead off the seventh, then junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) singled up the middle with one out to make it 1-0 USF.
Strzelecki continued to dominate, retiring the final 13 UConn batters to give USF the win.
Strzelecki struck out eight and walked just one while allowing only two hits.
Zech went 2-for-3 with the run and a walk.
Six Bulls tallied hits.
Sophomore Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth with two outs, his first of the season.
The complete game from Strzelecki was the second of the year for a USF pitcher and it was the complete-game shutout since senior Phoenix Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.) did so on March 25 of last season.
The Bulls are now 12-1 in series finale's this season.
The Bulls retake first place in The American for the time being, though Houston and UCF earned wins on Friday night and are in action tonight.
Peter Strzelecki on his dominant outing.
The Bulls return to Florida for at least the remainder of the month, first taking on Jacksonville at 6:30 Tuesday.
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.
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