Despite an early deficit and unsteady pitching, the USF Bulls outslugged the Central Michigan Chippewas 10-6 Sunday afternoon to finish off a three-game weekend sweep at USF Baseball Stadium.
The Chippewas (2-13-11) jumped out to an early 4-0 in the first inning off Bulls junior starter Alec Wisley, but USF wasted no time in getting it all back in the bottom half.
A Duke Stunkel Jr. RBI single followed by a Joe Genord sac fly cut the lead in the half, before catcher Tyler Dietrich smashed a bases-clearing triple to right to tie the game 4-4 at the end of one.
Junior outfielder Kyle Phillips made his way to second base via a Chippewas error in the bottom of the second, eventually coming around to score on a wild pitch to make it 5-4 USF.
Head coach Billy Mohl pulled Wisely in the top half of the fifth after the Chippewas rallied to tie the game 5-5. The Bulls righty went 4.2 innings, striking out two while allowing eight hits, five runs and two walks.
The Bulls offense never looked back igniting for 13 hits, while pinch-hitter Carson Ragsdale came off the bench to really separate the game with a three-run opposite field home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 8-5. It was just the second homer of Ragsdale’s career.
Junior lefty Kevin King took over on the mound for the Bulls and was credited with his third win of the season, logging 1.1 innings and allowing only one hit.
Redshirt sophomore righty Dylan Burns and freshman Max Holmes pitched one scoreless inning in relief, respectively. The Bulls bullpen finished up the final 4.1 innings, allowing only one run.
USF (10-6) will play five home games this week, including two midweek match-ups. The Bulls will first face FGCU on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.