It took 41 games, but the USF baseball team has finally been shut out in 2017. The Stetson Hatters took home a 6-0 victory at the USF Baseball Stadium Wednesday night.
Even though the Bulls could never solve starting pitcher (and designated hitter!) Brooks Wilson or reliever Jack Perkins, USF also held Stetson off the scoreboard early on. D.J. Roberts struggled a bit, but managed four shutout innings before leaving the game. He allowed five hits and one walk, with no strikeouts.
When Collin Sullivan entered the game in the fifth inning, the Hatters (19-25) broke on top. Ben Rowdon led off with a double. This was the only ball to leave the infield in the entire inning. Jacob Koos tried to sacrifice because #smrtbaseball, but he ended up bunting for a single, moving Rowdon to third. (Koos was 5-for-5 on the night.) Then Koos and Rowdon pulled off a double steal to score the first run of the game. Sullivan must have been rattled by this point because he then threw a passed ball, and later allowed Koos to score Stetson’s second run by throwing away a pickoff attempt of Jack Gonzalez after he was issued a two-out walk.
Stetson put the game away with three runs in the 7th inning and a lot of help from USF reliever Austin Yager. Rowdon started the inning with a walk. Koos and Andrew MacNeil followed with singles to load the bases. Then Yager threw two passed balls to the next hitter, Austin Bogart. Rowdon and Koos both scored to make it 4-0, and MacNeil went to third. When Bogart singled, MacNeil scored and it was 5-0 Stetson.
The Bulls (32-9) could never get a rally started after that. Hatters reliever Jack Rollins earned a rare four-inning save, allowing just four hits and one walk. USF only managed seven hits on the night and struck out 15 times.
After dropping the final game of their weekend series at Memphis, USF has now lost their last two. They haven’t had a three-game losing streak all year, and to avoid that they’ll have to win the first game of a crucial weekend series against Houston at the USF Baseball Stadium. First pitch on Friday night is at 6:30 p.m.