Bullpen woes drop USF baseball to 1-7
USF baseball saw another late lead slip away in a 5-4 loss at Oklahoma on Thursday night, and a loss today to Stephen F. Austin would match the worst start in the Bulls' history.
USF (1-7) sends junior right-hander Matt Stull this afternoon against Stephen F. Austin as the Bulls hope to get back on track. Thursday's loss saw the Bulls find their bats with 11 hits, but another familiar problem cost them as the bullpen couldn't close out the win.
It's the third time in eight games the Bulls have had an opponent on the ropes -- they led Florida 6-3 in the eighth in Gainesville and led Ohio State 2-1 in the seventh, only to see those leads disappear. On Thursday, the Bulls led 4-2 in the eighth before giving up a solo home run there, and closer Kevin Quackenbush took his second loss on a two-out bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth.
The Bulls played their second straight game without shortstop Sam Mende, who is out with a hamstring injury suffered in Sunday's loss to Michigan. The new addition to the lineup, second baseman Luis Llerena, a transfer from Manhattan, had his first three hits of the season. Catcher Eric Sim, in a 1-for-15 slump, split time with Sean Buckley, who had two hits to raise his season average to .500.
The Lumberjacks are 4-0 this season, but three of their wins came against Grambling State. A loss for USF would match the 1969 Bulls for the worst start in the program's history.