Bulls Outlasted by Dolphins in Slugfest, 11-9
JACKSONVILLE, FLA., MAY 16, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team dropped the final midweek game of the regular season in an offensive battle Tuesday at Jacksonville, 11-9.
In the Bulls' (39-13, 13-8 The American) second-straight high-scoring midweek game, they found themselves down 3-0 after the second. USF got two back in the fourth before the Dolphins (31-21, 14-4 ASUN) added three in the bottom half to make it 6-2.
But the Bulls got right back into the game with a four-run fifth to tie the score behind a pair of two-run doubles from senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) and sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.).
Jacksonville answered with five in the bottom half of the fifth to take an 11-6 edge. USF began to settle down on the mound, holding the hosts scoreless over the final three innings. The Bulls plated three more runs but could not find a lead and fell to the Dolphins in the slugfest.
- All nine USF hitters reached base and either scored or drove in a run.
- Borders went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI.
- Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) and sophomores David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Coco Montes (Miami) and Cameron Montgomery (Windermere, Fla.) each had two hits. The quartet combined for four runs and four RBI.
- The Bulls had five doubles in the game.
- USF clubbed double-digit hits for the 29th time this season.
- Redshirt-senior Ryan Valdes (Tampa) tossed the final inning, striking out a pair. His second strikeout marked USF's 12th of the game and the season's 544th, tying the program record for most in a single season.
The Bulls finish the regular season with a three-game series at UCF beginning Thursday at 6:30.
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.
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