Entering today it had been 2,190 days since USF baseball won two games at the conference tournament and they had never done so in the AAC tournament. They won two games in six hours on Thursday afternoon beating (and eliminating) Wichita State 7-2 in game one, then run-ruling UConn 13-0 in game two to force one more game against UConn Friday at 10 a.m. for the right to play in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
The last time the Bull won two tournament games the Big East was still a football conference, Men in Black 3 just came out, and we were still 43 days away from giving Skip Holtz the contract extension and firing him five months later.
COLLIN. FREAKING. SULLIVAN.
The sophomore from Randolph, Massachusetts delivered the most clutch performance of the season firing a complete game five-hitter to help save the bullpen, stave off elimination, and set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
Sullivan retired ten-straight Shockers from the third inning to the sixth inning to help pace the Bulls. He hadn’t pitched more than six innings in any start this season prior to Thursday.
The Bulls offense gave Sully all the run support he needed when they jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings. They would tack on three more in the seventh to make things comfortable.
Shortstop Coco Montes continued to hit well going 3-for-5 with an RBI after going 3-for-8 with two RBIs on Wednesday. DH Chris Chatfield chipped in with a 2-for-4 and two RBI game for USF.
Not to be outdone, junior RHP Alec Wisely threw a complete game, seven inning shutout with nine strikeouts in a 13-0 run-rule beat down over UConn.
Five Bulls scored at least two runs, every Bull had at least one run or one RBI, and 1B Joe Genord blasted a two-run home run—his 14th of the season—in a five run third inning to blow open the game.
Chatfield hit a towering three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to give the Bulls the runs they needed to run-rule UConn after seven complete.
Catcher Tyler Dietrich has caught all 34 innings in the this tournament and he provided a nice spark at the bottom of the order versus UConn with a career-high four RBI game, including two in the sixth after Chatfield’s home run.
USF will face the Huskies at 10 a.m. at Spectrum Field with the winner facing Houston or ECU for the championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Date and time of the championship game is TBD.