Aimee Blodgett

Bulls Take On Dolphins in Final Midweek Game

May 15, 2017
By  USF

Matchup: USF (39-12, 13-8 The American) at Jacksonville (30-21, 14-4 ASUN)
Date: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 
Time: 
7:00 p.m.  
Location: 
Jacksonville, Fla., | John Sessions Stadium (1,500)
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TAMPA, MAY 15, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team plays its final midweek game of the regular season at Jacksonville Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.   

The game can be heard on AM 1040 and watched live on ESPN3 on the Watch ESPN app.

The Bulls completed a 2-2 week by taking the series finale at UConn on Saturday. In a series that was altered by rain, the Bulls and Huskies were forced to play a doubleheader on Friday and the finale began at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Redshirt-Junior Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) tossed a gem to give USF a 2-0 win on Saturday. He pitched the season's first complete game for the Bulls and the first since March 25 of last year.

In a weekend that was dominated by pitching, sophomore Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) hit a team-high .333 against UConn with a run and a double.

Key Stats

·         The Bulls' pitching staff continues to lead the country in strikeouts per nine innings (10.4). The staff ranks fifth in hits allowed per nine innings, sixth in WHIP and seventh in team ERA.

·         The USF offense leads the conference with a .299 team average, a .394 on base percentage and a .438 slugging percentage.

·         Sophomore Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI in the first meeting with JU on March 7.

·         Classmate Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) matched those efforts with a pair of RBI, as he hit a double and a triple.

·         Senior Luke Borders (Winter Haven, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI.  

Notables

·         The Bulls were ranked No 25 according to Baseball America and USA Today as of Monday and check in at No. 19 in RPI.

·         Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) remains atop the league with a .392 average to sit 18th in the nation.

·         Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) sits second in the league with a .355 average. He has a 19-game on base streak.

·         The Bulls will throw freshman D.J. Roberts (Jacksonville) Tuesday night. Roberts tossed 6.2 innings at then-No. 5 Florida on May 9 and picked up the win to improve to 3-0. He holds a 3.07 ERA with 31 strikeouts.

Series History

The Bulls snapped a two-game losing streak to the Dolphins on March 7 with a 12-6 win in Tampa. Tuesday will mark the 105th meeting between the two schools. The Bulls own the edge in Tampa, 36-29, while the Dolphins own the advantage in Jacksonville, 22-15.  

Scouting Report – Jacksonville

The Dolphins are coming off of a weekend sweep of USC Upstate in which they outscored the Spartans, 20-2. Jacksonville revitalized its season by winning its first 13 games in April.

The Dolphins enter Tuesday led offensively by senior outfielder Nathan Koslowski, hitting .329 with a team-high 35 runs, an ASUN-leading 18 doubles and 41 RBI. Sophomore infielder Angel Camacho is batting .325 with 30 runs, six homers and 33 RBI.

The pitching staff has been carried by its weekend starters. Redshirt-sophomore righty Greg Shannahan will make his third start of the season and sixth appearance Tuesday. He holds a 10.57 ERA in just 7.2 innings of work. Spencer Stockton and Matt Meyer have been dynamite out of the bullpen. The junior righty, Stockton holds a 2.36 ERA with 37 strikeouts. The junior lefty, Meyer sports a 2.59 ERA with 32 strikeouts.  

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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