Bulls Dominate Sunday; Complete Sweep of Harvard
TAMPA, MARCH. 19, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball came alive offensively with a six-run third to take an 8-0 lead into the fourth, as the pitching allowed just five combined hits to help extend the winning streak to 18 with Sunday’s 14-2 win over Harvard.
After scoring runs in the first and second innings, the Bulls (19-1) loaded the bases with one gone in the third inning. A single brought in another run to make it 3-0, as the bags were still juiced. Junior David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) stepped into the box and lofted a 2-0 count over the right field fence and off the scoreboard for a grand slam to blow the game open, making it 7-0.
The Crimson plated runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but USF responded with four more in the bottom of the sixth to make it 12-2. The hosts would score two in the eighth to secure its largest margin of victory this year, 14-2.
· Villar went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a personal-best five RBI.
· Sophomore Coco Montes (Miami) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
· Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) and classmate Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) all had two hits apiece with a combined four runs scored and three RBI.
· Freshman Collin Sullivan (Randolph, Mass.) walked four, but gave up just one hit in his first career start, going 2.0 innings.
· Classmate Noah Yager (Davie, Fla.) logged three inning, gave up just one run and struck out three, as he earned his third victory of the season.
· The Bulls’ 18-game winning streak is the second longest in program history and the second-longest active streak in the nation, behind Missouri and Louisville.
· The Bulls tallied at least 13 hits for the seventh time in the last nine games and plated double-digit men for the fifth time this season.
· Villar’s grand slam was the first for USF since April 14, 2015 when senior Luke Borders (Winter Park, Fla.) did so against Stetson.
· The aforementioned Borders went 1-for-2 with a run, a RBI and two walks. He has reached base safely in all 20 games this season.
· The USF bullpen pitched perfect seventh, eighth and ninth innings with five combined strikeouts.
Thought's from coach Kingston and junior David Villar
Head coach Mark Kingston's thoughts on today's 14-2 win to complete a four-game sweep of Harvard. pic.twitter.com/u8j0I0iECM— USF Baseball (@USFBaseball) March 19, 2017
When you hit three homers in a series and a grand slam, you become a popular guy. David Villar on today's win and the winning streak. pic.twitter.com/Z48HwiN8Wc— USF Baseball (@USFBaseball) March 19, 2017
The Bulls conclude their 17-game homestand with the first of five games this week when they host North Florida Tuesday night at 6:30 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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