Five Run Third Helps Bulls Extend Win Streak
TAMPA, MARCH. 11, 2017 – Tied at 1-1 in the third inning, the University of South Florida baseball team erupted for five runs on six hits in the bottom half to take control and coast to its 13th-straight win, defeating Valparaiso 8-1 Saturday night.
The decisive third frame was fueled by a double error courtesy of the Crusaders’ (6-7) shortstop. After the Bulls (14-1) put two men on with a pair of singles, a Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) grounder to short was dropped, then the late throw sailed into the USF dugout, allowing two men to score. Two singles and a double allowed three more runs to cross home plate, giving the Bulls a 6-1 advantage.
The bases were left loaded in the inning, as the Bulls could have blown the contest wide open. But it was plenty the hosts would need. The pitching allowed just two hits and the bullpen logged 3.2 innings of one-hit ball and five strikeouts.
· Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
· Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) also went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.
· Redshirt-freshman starter Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) logged 5.1 innings of one-hit ball, allowing a run with five strikeouts and four walks.
· The Bullss 13-game win streak is now the fourth-longest in program history and the second-longest active streak in the nation.
· The Bulls’ offense has been on a tear over the last five games, averaging 9.8 runs during the stretch.
· The Bulls have now won all four series to start the season.
The Bulls and Crusaders conclude the three-game set tomorrow at 1:00 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 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.
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