This is not the start USF baseball head coach Billy Mohl had in mind for year three at the helm. The Bulls are now 2-5 after today’s doubleheader sweep versus Northeastern.
“Our guys have to be better. And that falls on me,” Mohl said. “We’ve gotta find a way to get this offense going, and that’s been a real challenge early [this year], especially with some of the pitching performances. To get shutout for 18 straight innings is completely unacceptable, and that’s 100% on me.
Game 1: Northeastern wins 10-0
RHP Collin Sullivan got the start for the Bulls and immediately got himself in trouble in the first inning by allowing lead-off walk, and back-to-back singles to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.
Sullivan settled down, working in and out of trouble in the second and third inning before the wheels fell off in the fifth. Sullivan allowed three hits, and a run before getting replaced by Orion Kerkering.
Kerkering was welcomed with a three-run HR by NU’s Kyle Peterson to cap off a five run 5th inning. The Huskies scored four more times the rest of the way as the Bulls struggled to put together any sort of offense.
USF mustered just four hits in game one. They threatened in the 6th with the bases loaded with one out, but pinch-hitter Julio Cortez lined into a double play to the pitcher.
Game 2: More of the same, NU wins 2-0
Freshman RHP Jack Jasiak pitched into the 8th inning in game two, but once again, the Bulls’ bats never left the dugout. The righty from Spring Hill twirled another gem as he struck out 11, walked none, and gave up two runs (one earned) in 7.1 IP.
“Jack’s a competitor. He has unbelievable fastball command, and can throw three pitches at any time,” Mohl said. “He gave us everything we needed tonight.”
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Bulls getting no-hit through four.
Getting the feeling this team is going to waste a lot of gems from Jasiak and Ragsdale this year
The Bulls didn’t get their first hit of the night until 3B Dylan Buck doubled to left in the fifth inning, and it was the only time USF got someone in scoring position. Later in the sixth inning left fielder Daniel Cantu got doubled off first on a fly ball to left.
USF will need to quickly rebound tomorrow to salvage the weekend. RHP Carson Ragsdale will get the nod. First pitch is at 1 p.m.