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WEEKEND MATCHUP: USF vs. No. 14 ECU
SCHEDULE: Friday, 7 p.m. | Saturday, 6:30 p.m. | Sunday, 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Tampa, Fla., USF Baseball Stadium
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Bulls Host No. 14 Pirates in Big Weekend Series  
USF took 2-of-3 against then-No. 7 ECU in Greenville last year 

TAMPA, March 28, 2019 – The USF baseball team welcomes No. 14 East Carolina into Tampa for a three-game series beginning Friday night.

The Bulls (12-11, 1-2 The American) tallied double-digit hits for the seventh times this year on Wednesday at Stetson with 13. Senior first baseman Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) matched a career high with four hits, tallying four RBI and two homers. It was the third time in his career he has hit two home runs in a game and the second time this year he recorded four hits.

Senior Kyle Phillips (Orlando) had two hits for the fifth straight game and is batting .500 over that time frame. Redshirt sophomore Jake Sullivan (Tampa) had two doubles in the game. 

Junior righty hander Collin Sullivan (Randolph, Mass.) picked up his second win of the year in the conference opener against Cincinnati last Friday. He tossed a season long 7.0 innings with a career best 11 strikeouts. He was named to The American Weekly Honor Roll on Monday.

He’ll get the start Friday, followed by senior Alec Wisely (Jacksonville, Fla.) on Saturday. Wisely has gone at least 6.0 innings in three consecutive outings.

The Matchup

The Pirates hold a 17-13 edge in the all-time series, but USF has dominated recently, winning 11 of the last 15 meetings. USF swept ECU at home in 2017 and took 2-of-3 from then-No. 7 ECU in Greenville last season.

Three Bulls have had tons of success against ECU in their career. Senior catcher Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) is hitting .483 (14-for-29) with eight RBI and five runs, playing in seven career games vs. the Pirates. Genord is hitting .302 with nine RBI and eight runs in 11 games and Phillips batted .455 (5-for-11) against ECU last year.

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The Pirates enter the weekend as the top team in The American, having swept UCF last weekend. ECU is ranked in every major publication, as high as No. 13 according to Baseball America.

Sophomore two-way player Alec Burleson leads the Pirates and conference with a .402 average. He has 10 doubles, 17 RBI and 11 runs. Junior first baseman Spencer Brickhouse is hitting .397 with five homers, 18 RBI and 20 runs. Preseason Player of the Year selection in The American Bryant Packard is hitting .346 with nine doubles and 21 runs. They lead a lineup that features five guys hitting above .340.

The pitching staff is also deep and experienced, leading The American with a 3.52 ERA, four shutouts and a 1.14 WHIP. The staff is ninth nationally with 2.77 walks allowed per nine innings.

Junior lefty Jake Agnos (3-1, 3.44 ERA) will start Friday, followed by junior righty Tyler Smith (2-0, 4.94 ERA). Agnos leads the team with 50 strikeouts. Sunday’s starter is TBA, but Burleson (2-0, 2.39 ERA, 30 Ks) and sophomore lefty Jake Kuchmaner (2-0, 2.08 ERA, 31 Ks) are options. Kuchmaner tossed a no-hitter on March 17 against Maryland and leads the country with 2.86 hits allowed per nine innings.

Nota-Bulls

·   11 different Bulls have home runs this season.

·   Junior Jordan Santos (Tampa) is ninth nationally with 1.14 walks this year.

·   Sullivan is second in The American with 44 strikeouts and second with 5.40 hits allowed per nine innings.

·   Genord is just one home run away from moving into fourth on USF’s all-time list.

·   Genord had 10 total bases on Wednesday, the first Bull to do that in a game since Buddy Putnam on March 24, 2015.

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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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Bulls look for consistency against No. 14 ECU in second week of AAC play

By Nolan Brown, Correspondent

After dropping its first series of AAC play against Cincinnati, USF baseball (12-11, 1-2) will look to improve its consistency at the plate and on the mound as it heads into a home weekend series against No. 14 ECU (18-6, 3-0).

The top two hitters for USF are Kyle Phillips, batting .330, and Joe Genord, batting .320. Phillips was the offensive silver-lining in the series against Cincinnati and went 4-for-13 with three RBIs. Genord was less effective at the plate and went 1-for-9 with one RBI.

USF coach Billy Mohl is looking for more consistency in hitting for the team as a whole and wants the players to make more contact with the ball.

“[ECU] plays a good game of baseball, so we just have to come out, can’t make mental mistakes and our guys have to show up and get the bats going a little bit,” Mohl said.

USF’s pitching will also look to improve after the weekend series loss against Cincinnati.

Pitching started off strong for the Bulls in game one last weekend with junior Collin Sullivan recording a career-high 11 strikeouts, however, pitching stuttered throughout the rest of the weekend as the Bulls gave up 20 hits in the final two games of the series.

“Sullivan and Alec Wisely have gone out every weekend giving us six or seven innings each time and obviously Nelson [Alvarez] has been good for us out of the pen,” Mohl said. “We just need some other guys to step up and show a little more consistency.”

The Pirates are on a six-game win streak and currently lead the AAC standings thanks to their sweep against UCF last weekend in which the Pirates scored 26 runs in the series. Junior first baseman Spencer Brickhouse went 6-for-12, hitting two home runs with eight RBIs in the series and was named AAC player of the week.

ECU, who is the conference favorite, could prove to be a difficult test for USF, given the Pirates’ dominant start to conference play.

“We just have to play great baseball, got to stay the course and stay positive,” Mohl said.

ECU boasts some of the best hitters in the AAC, with top-ranked in individual conference statistics sophomore outfielder Alec Burleson hitting .402 with 10 doubles. Brickhouse ranks third in individual statistics with a batting average of .397 and has five home runs this season.

USF won the series 2-1 against ECU last season and Genord’s two-run homer in the seventh inning of game two. His bat flip celebration caused a conflict with the ECU dugout in a bench-clearing affair.

Genord’s bat flip sparked conversation of a brewing rivalry between the Bulls and the Pirates, however, Mohl played down the speculation.

“It was an intense game that day,” Mohl said. “We’ve always played good games with those guys, but it’s just another game for us.”

USF will begin its second series of AAC play against ECU at the USF Baseball Stadium on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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Offense Stymied in 4-0 Loss to No. 14 ECU  

Bullpen tosses three scoreless

TAMPA, FLA., MARCH 29, 2019 – The USF baseball team dropped the series opener to No. 14 East Carolina, 4-0, Friday night

 

The Bulls (12-12, 1-3 The American) were behind early on, as a the Pirates (19-6, 4-0 The American) hit a three-run homer in the top of the second. ECU added to the lead in the third on two hits, making it 4-0.

 

USF got two base runners in both the fourth and sixth innings, but stranded a pair in each instance. Senior Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) singled with one away in the bottom of the eighth, then Brandon Schrepf (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) and Jake Sullivan (Tampa) each walked.

 

With the bases loaded and two away, a hot shot to third was snared and the tag was applied on Schrepf for the force, ending USF’s threat.

 

Key Stats

3 – Schrepf now has hits in three-straight games. 
3 – The USF bullpen of Connor Eason (Chesapeake, Va.) and Richie Cruz (Miami) pitched the final three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. 
15 – Junior Austin Bodrato (Northvale, N.J.) walked and has now reached base in 15 straight games.

Nota-Bulls

·   Genord has also hit safely in three straight games and reached base in 13 straight.

Up Next

The Bulls and Pirates continue the series Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Alec Wisely (Jacksonville, Fla.) will start for USF.  

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13 more Ks for the offense. When this season is over, we’re going to end up averaging close to 11 a game.

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Once MBB is over I’ll have no USF sports to follow for four months...the break is probably a good thing...

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7 hours ago, NewEnglandBull said:

Once MBB is over I’ll have no USF sports to follow for four months...the break is probably a good thing...

You're allowed to follow teams that are struggling ..... just saying

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7 hours ago, NewEnglandBull said:

Once MBB is over I’ll have no USF sports to follow for four months...the break is probably a good thing...

All relationships need a little bit of a break.....absence makes the heart grow fonder....i hear.

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