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    Bulls open up conference play against Cincinnati. The bearcats have struggled to start the year. they have been swept twice by FAU and Auburn and dropped two series to Niagara university and Houston Baptist. They come into the weekend 6-13. 

    Personally I am interested to see how the lineup will shake out for the first conference series. I feel like J. Sullivan will have to be in the lineup but will it be at DH or 3B? 

     

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Yeah, they don't have a single hitter over .300 and are hitting .212 as a team. Its a chance for our pitchers to get going. We really need the starters to work deep. Wisely has gone 7 his psat two outings, would be good to continue that trend. We need to build some momentum before taking on the best team in the conference the following weekend. 

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9 hours ago, BrassBulls12 said:

Yeah, they don't have a single hitter over .300 and are hitting .212 as a team. Its a chance for our pitchers to get going. We really need the starters to work deep. Wisely has gone 7 his psat two outings, would be good to continue that trend. We need to build some momentum before taking on the best team in the conference the following weekend. 

Edit. One 300 hitter, I overlook the Bellini kid 

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WEEKEND MATCHUP: USF vs. Cincinnati
SCHEDULE: Friday, 7 p.m. | Saturday, 6:30 p.m. | Sunday, 1 p.m. 
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Bulls Open Conference Play Home against Bearcats  
USF finished second during the regular season in The American last year with a 14-9-1 record

TAMPA, March 21, 2019 – The USF baseball team opens American Athletic Conference action this weekend with a three-game series against Cincinnati.

The Bulls (11-8) dropped a midweek tilt at UNF Tuesday night, 7-2. Seniors Kyle Phillips (Orlando) and Garrett Zech (Naples, Fla.) and junior Austin Bodrato (Northvale, N.J.) all had two hits in the game. 

Senior Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) hit .529 last week and was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the second time on Monday. Bodrato had eight RBI in the series and is batting .343 over his last 10 games.   

There will be no changes to USF’s rotation this weekend. Junior Collin Sullivan (Randolph, Mass.) will start Friday, followed by senior Alec Wisely (Jacksonville, Fla.) Saturday and junior Ben Koff (Gainesville, Fla.) on Sunday. Wisely has gone 7.0 innings in consecutive outings and leads the team with a 3.18 ERA.

The Bulls are 59-61-1 in league play over the five year history of The American. USF is 3-2 in AAC openers and 14-4 in conference openers since 2001. The Bulls finished second in The American last year with their best mark at 14-9-1. USF won three games at The American Baseball Championship in Clearwater last year, the first time USF won at least three games in a conference tournament since 2012.

The Matchup

The Bulls lead the all-time series against the Bearcats, 45-21. USF leads the series in Tampa, 24-6. The Bulls had won 15-of-16 in the series prior to dropping 2-of-3 from the Bearcats in both 2016 and 2017. The Bulls have won four of the last five meetings, including three-straight.

Know the Foe
The Bearcats (6-13) have one of the best fielding percentages in the nation (.980) and are second in The American with 28 stolen bases. Junior infielder Joey Bellini is batting .341, but with just 41 at-bats on the year. Sophomore outfielder Joey Wiemer is hitting .284. 

Senior righty AJ Kullman (0-3, 4.91 ERA) will start Friday, junior righty Nathan Kroger (1-1. 1.86 ERA) will start Saturday, and sophomore lefty Garrett Schoenle (1-0, 4.95 ERA) will start Sunday.

Nota-Bulls

·   The Bulls are 25th nationally with 21 home runs.

·   11 different Bulls have home runs this season.

·   Junior Jordan Santos (Tampa) is 24th in the country and tops in The American with 1.09 walks per game, leading the team and conference with 19.

·   Kyle Phillips hit .366 during conference play last season.

·   Genord is batting .348 entering the weekend and is third in the league with five home runs. 

 

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·   DID YOU KNOW?: USF has the only Division I coaching staff in the state of Florida in which every member was selected in the MLB Draft – head coach Billy Mohl (2006, Philadelphia); assistants Chuck Jeroloman (2004, Boston), Chris Cates (2007, Minnesota), Brian Jeroloman(2006, Toronto). The Bulls' coaching staff has a combined 25 years of playing experience in pro baseball.

 

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12 hours ago, Jonesy Bull said:

This should be a good team to get our feet wet in AAC play with.  We have a good chance to start off on the right foot I would think.

2/3 is the key in conference. You do that for the most part, throw in a surprise sweep and assume you're going hit at least one 1/3 skid even if you're a good team. Houston was the #1 seed last year going 16-8 in conference. 

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Sullivan’s 11 Strikeouts Leads Bulls in Conference Opening Win

Collin Sullivan had a career high with 11 K’s and the Bulls scored four of the final five runs 

TAMPA, FLA., MARCH 22, 2019 – Junior righty Collin Sullivan struck out a career high 11 over 7.0 innings to lead the USF baseball team to a 4-2 win over Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference opener Friday night.

 

The Bulls (12-8, 1-0 The American) found themselves down in the second after the Bearcats (6-14, 0-1 The American) hit a solo home run. Though he struck out five, Sullivan (Randolph, Mass.) surrendered the run and a pair of hits across the first two innings.

 

The junior righty settled down in a big way, allowing just one hit and three baserunners over the next five frames. It allowed the USF offense to get something going in fifth. After the Bulls loaded the bases with one out, senior Kyle Phillips (Orlando) singled to right, scoring classmate Chris Chatfield (Riverview) to tie things up.

 

Fellow senior Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) wore a pitch on the shoulder in the next at-bat with the bases still loaded to bring in another run, making it 2-1. Chatfield began a two-out rally in the sixth with a single to center. After consecutive walks loaded the bags, junior Jordan Santos (Tampa) stepped into the box. The conferences walk leader did what he does best, working a seven pitch count into another base-on-balls to make it 3-1. 

 

USF added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on a Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) double to right center, scoring Austin Bodrato (Northvale, N.J.) from first. Junior righty Nelson Alvarez (Miami) closed things out with a two-inning save. 

 

Key Stats

11 – Career high strikeouts for Sullivan. 
22 – Santos’s conference best walks, as he worked three Friday. 
4 – USF improves to 4-2 American Athletic Conference openers. 

Nota-Bulls

·   Santos, Phillips and Chatfield led the offense with two hits apiece.

·   Chatfield scored two runs.

·   Alvarez now has four saves on the year.

·   Sullivan finished with 11 strikeouts in 7.0 innings, with just three hits one run allowed.

Up Next

The Bulls and Bearcats continue the series Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Alec Wisely gets the start for the Bulls. The game can be seen on BullsVision and heard on 1040 AM.

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Couldn’t watch tonight. But a good start for Sullivan. Looking for Wisley to keep it going. 

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We've only made it to 3 games this year.  I told CBM that we would make more games this year but we've been so darn busy.  Won't make any games this weekend either.

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