Storrs, CT - The South Florida Bulls took two Saturday from the Connecticut Huskies in a couple of low scoring games. The Bulls' starting pitching stood out today. In game one, Collin Sullivan threw six shutout innings, yielding just four hits and one unearned run. In game two, Alec Wisely allowed four hits in seven innings, giving up just one Huskies run, it was earned.
In the first game, the Bulls could not grab a lead until the eighth inning when Jake Sullivan singled and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. A Chris Chatfield single followed by an error allowed Sullivan to score and Joe Genord, who had gained a base on balls, to advance. Genord would score on a Brandon Schrepf sacrifice fly to center field.
Closer Nelson Alvarez entered in the eighth to lock the game down, but gave up a home run to narrow the Bulls lead to one. Alvarez's second inning of work was also a little scary, but he got the final out on a ground ball with bases loaded, earning his eighth save of the season.
In game two, the Bulls scored all three runs in the seventh inning, beginning with a lead off single by Kyle Phillips. With two outs, Genord reached on an error. Then, the Bulls had back-to-back-to-back singles by Chatfield, Julio Cortez and Austin Bodrato. UConn's lone run was scored in the third, followed by six scoreless innings. Dylan Burns came on in relief of Wisely, working two innings of one-hit ball to earn his first save of the season.
The Bulls are chasing Wichita State for the last seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament. Wichita defeated ECU 3-1 today with the series finale tomorrow. Both teams now have seven conference wins.
The Bulls are next in action against Jacksonville University Tuesday at the USF Baseball Stadium. Members may enter a points raffle for a drawing of two tickets to the game.