Herget leads Bulls to 2-1 win vs. Louisville
CLEARWATER -- USF baseball is alive and well in the American Athletic Conference tournament, as ace Jimmy Herget threw a complete game to lead the Bulls to a 2-1 win over top-seeded Louisville on Friday afternoon.
The fifth-seeded Bulls (27-30), who lost 10-0 to Rutgers in their tournament opener, now have a chance to advance to Sunday's conference championship game at Bright House Field. USF would need Louisville (44-14) to beat Rutgers on Saturday afternoon, then the Bulls would need to win Saturday night against eight-seeded Memphis.
The Bulls trailed 1-0 in the first inning, but tied the game in the third inning. Luke Maglich sparked a two-out rally with a walk, advancing on Austin Lueck's single and scoring on Kyle Teaf's single to centerfield. The Bulls took the lead in the fourth, as Zac Gilcrease singled, reached second on Buddy Putnam's sacrifice bunt, then scored on Luke Borders' RBI single to left.
Herget (8-6) got better as the game went on -- after just one strikeout in the first five innings, he struck out two in the sixth and eighth, the last with runners at first and third and Cardinals cleanup hitter Alex Chittenden at the plate.