Herget's 3-hit shutout gives Bulls 1-0 win
Friday nights are the spotlight of college baseball, where staff aces go head-to-head to set the tone for three-game weekend series, and USF freshman Jimmy Herget is shining in that role.
Herget threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout, going the distance in USF's 1-0 win against Pittsburgh on Friday night. USF improved to 16-14 and 5-2 in the Big East, handing the Panthers (20-7, 3-1) their first conference loss. The Bulls got their lone run in the first inning on an RBI single by Jimmy Falla. And sophomore shortstop Kyle Teaf has now reached base in 24 straight games, extending that streak Friday.
Herget is now 3-1, lowering his ERA to a dominating 1.14 with Friday's shutout. He had eight shutout innings in an extra-innings loss to Cincinnati and now has 21 conference innings without any runs allowed. He's held Big East opponents to just six hits in those 21 innings, so opponents are hitting .094 against him.
USF's record isn't likely to lead to an NCAA at-large bid, but the Bulls are putting themselves to challenge for the Big East's automatic bid, with the conference tournament held in Clearwater. The Bulls made the championship game last year, falling to St. John's.