TAMPA — The first American Athletic Conference baseball game in USF history nearly became a bit more historic Friday, courtesy of Bulls right-handed ace Jimmy Herget.
The sophomore from Jefferson High took a no-hitter into the eighth and got just enough offense to lead USF (14-7) to a 2-1 win against UConn (10-9).
Herget's no-hit bid was broken up when No. 9 hitter Aaron Hill led off the eighth with a grounder deep to the hole that deflected off shortstop Kyle Teaf's glove.
In 8⅓ innings, Herget (3-3) allowed two hits and an unearned run, walking four and striking out four. Six hours earlier, he tweeted: "Have a good feeling that something special is going to happen tonight."
"I felt I was going to come out here and start pitching angry," Herget said. "I just felt different."
Luke Maglich had the winning RBI with a sac fly in the seventh.